Nestlé, the maker of delicious chocolate treats, have announced that they will use only cage-free eggs by 2025, as reported by farminguk.com.
This will include all shell eggs and egg products which are directly sourced by the company. The company will make the move to using cage-free eggs in the USA and Europe by 2020, and the rest of the world by 2025.
The announcement comes not long after similar announcements from rival companies, as they all join forces to commit to a worldwide cage-free movement. Animal welfare organisations have welcomed the step, although it is a lengthy process involved.
The move has been welcomed by Compassion in World Farming Director of Food Business, Tracey Jones, who says it will benefit the lives of millions of hens.
“Nestlé’s announcement to take their cage-free commitment worldwide has the potential to benefit the lives of millions of laying hens and highlights the company's journey to improving farm animal welfare. she said.
“We will continue to work with Nestlé to ensure the production system changes required in their egg supply will offer the hens a good quality of life in rich and stimulating environments,” she added.
The announcement by Nestlé also comes after the Chief vet in the UK called for all major retailers to make the commitment during a speech at the Egg and Poultry Industry Conference in South Wales. He spoke of the dilemma facing retailers looking to move to cage-free eggs and said the risks of avian flu are higher at these free-range chickens farms.