Nestlé Commits to Globally Sourcing Only Cage-free Eggs by 2025

GLOBAL - Nestlé today announced its plans to set a goal where only eggs from cage-free hens are sourced for all its food products globally by 2025, including all shell eggs and egg products directly sourced as ingredients by by the company.
calendar icon 2 November 2017
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The global food giant is set on making the transition by the end of 2020 in the US and Europe.

As for the rest of the Americas, Africa, Oceania and the Middle East, the plan will take shape by 2025, with the move in Asia to be completed during the same period of transition, depending on certain conditions.

Over 40 per cent of eggs used by Nestlé are already from cage-free sources in some parts of the world, such as in Europe.

Nestlé’s main objective is improving quality of life and augmenting a healthier future.

The purpose includes establishing high welfare standards for animals that are reared for ingredients used in the company's products.

In a statement, the company said: "Our purpose is to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future. This includes ensuring decent welfare standards for animals that are reared for the ingredients used in our products.

"To help drive welfare improvements for egg-laying hens, our goal is to use only cage-free eggs for all of our food products globally by 2025.

"This includes all shell eggs and egg products (e.g. whole egg powder and liquid, egg white powder and liquid) directly sourced as ingredients by Nestlé.

"In some parts of the world, such as in Europe, over 40 per cent of our eggs are already from cage-free sources.

"In other regions, it may be more challenging to make this change. We are, however, committed to bringing about positive change through working with our partners.

"Switching to cage-free supplies worldwide requires time and investment.

"We will manage this in a sustainable and cost effective way during the implementation period, ensuring consumers continue to access affordable high quality foods throughout.

"We look forward to working with our suppliers, farmers, civil society and customers to drive progress."

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