Announcement applies to all shell eggs and egg products directly sourced as ingredients.
Zurich, Switzerland, November 17, 2017 – Nestle, the world’s largest packaged foods company, has committed to sourcing only eggs from cage-free hens for all its food products globally by 2025.
This includes all shell eggs and egg products directly sourced as ingredients by the company.
In Europe and the U.S., Nestle will make the transition by the end of 2020.
For the rest of the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania it will happen by 2025, with the move in Asia to be completed in the same transition period, as conditions allow.
In some parts of the world, such as in Europe, over 40 per cent of eggs Nestle uses are already from cage-free sources.
In a statement, the company explained the timeline for its transition.
“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.”
Several of the company’s rivals have already made similar pledges, including Kraft Heinz, Conagra and Mondelez International.