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Kraft Heinz to break with cage eggs

The global food and beverage company Kraft-Heinz plans to eliminate caged eggs from its supply chain worldwide.

The policy will be adopted in all of the 25 countries in which Kraft Heinz operates and the decision has been praised by Animals Australia as being transformative in helping free the 11 million hens currently confined to cages in Australia.

Animals Australia applauded the commitment that will ensure products including Kraft Heinz’s mayonnaises and aiolis will be made exclusively from hens that are not confined to cages.

Kraft Heinz has demonstrated that companies understand Australians expect brands to take animal welfare seriously,” said Jesse Marks, Director of Farmed Animal Advocacy for Animals Australia.

“This commitment, which will see millions of hens spared from a crippling life in a cage, shows how leaders in the corporate sector can respond to community expectations.”

The announcement follows similar decisions by food manufacturer Nestlé and the Wyndham Hotel Group. Cage-free policies have already been announced by some of Australia’s biggest egg-using companies, including Subway, McDonald’s, Hungry Jacks, Woolworths, Aldi, McCain, Arnott’s Mondelez and Hilton.

The Kraft Heinz commitment comes as Australians are being asked to provide feedback on new welfare standards for poultry.

Animals Australia said if the draft Poultry standards became law in their current form, millions of hens in Australia would be confined to cages for another 20 years or more, despite corporate and community unease about battery cages.

Recent polling by McCrindle Research revealed that 84 per cent of Australians believe that battery cages for egg laying hens should be phased out.

“The community overwhelmingly opposes cages and more and more companies are cutting cage eggs from their supply chaons. These should be clear signals to the egg industry that cage eggs are well past their expiry date,” Marks said.

Image: Animals Australia

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