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More retailers and producers are embracing cage-free eggs

Egg producers and grocery retailers are keen to supply cage-free eggs to consumers in Asian markets, with analysts predicting that cage-free eggs could become an industry standard in the region by 2025.

3 May 2021, at 8:06am

Research from Singapore food consultancy Global Food Partners suggests that cage-free eggs could become the standard egg variety in Asia by 2025 as animal welfare and sustainability begin to factor into consumer choices.

Global Food Partners CEO, Elissa Lane says that cage-free eggs are becoming more popular across Asia. Her analysis shows that more hospitality and food service businesses are planning to adopt cage-free eggs in the near future.

“The link between the coronavirus, wet markets and animal health has made consumers ask more questions about traceability,” she said.

“We see existing producers extending their operations to include cage-free systems, rather than going all-in, whereas some new producers have been entering the market with full cage-free systems, as they are aware there is a big demand,” Lane said.

Major Asian food companies like Thailand’s CP Foods and Indonesia’s Inti Prima Satwa Sejahtera have already started converting layer barns to cage-free systems and unveiling new lines of eggs to customers. Larger companies like Burger King, Marriott and Tesco have also made cage-free pledges.

Read the full analysis in Food Navigator.