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Cara Foods commits its restaurant chains to serve cage free eggs by 2020

By The Canadian Press   

Features Bird Management Production Business/Policy Canada

February 5, 2016 – Cara Foods, the owner of such restaurants as Harvey’s, Swiss Chalet, Kelsey’s and East Side Mario’s, will switch to cage-free eggs in its entire supply chain by 2020. 

The announcement was made Thursday by the group Mercy For Animals, which said it collaborated with Cara Foods to develop the policy. 

Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Tim Hortons and Burger King, took a similar stance on Monday to serve cage-free eggs at all locations throughout North America by 
2025 amid pressure from customers for ethically-sourced food. 

In the last year, Starbucks, Subway, McDonald’s, Wendy’s and several other restaurants, retailers, food manufacturers and foodservice companies have pledged to go cage-free at the urging of 
consumers concerned about animal welfare. 
Egg Farmers Canada has said it will take time for farmers to undergo a transition to cage-free production facilities. 

On Friday, the group announced that its members have agreed to stop installing any new conventional housing and aims to switch to predominately alternatives by 2036, assuming current conditions prevail. 

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