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The cage-free egg movement took the food business world by storm, with the tipping point in fall 2015 when McDonald’s announced a commitment to go 100% cage-free.

Since then, every major supermarket, restaurant chain, and food service company has made public announcements to get rid of cages for laying hens. All have set timelines of ten years or less to transition to a 100% cage-free egg supply.

We aim to help food businesses stick to their commitment to go 100% cage-free on or ahead of schedule.

Industrial confinement is cruel and senseless and [should be]… a short-lived anomaly in modern farming.

The New York Times

The purpose of the cage-free progress tracker is to:

  • Ensure food businesses can and will stick to their cage-free egg commitments;
  • Encourage transparency in the marketplace;
  • Provide assistance to food businesses during their transition to a 100% cage-free egg supply.

Laying hen cages are widely regarded as one of the worst-of-the-worst factory farming practices, and consumers have overwhelmingly voiced their demand for 100% cage-free eggs. The progress tracker is a tool to help achieve a cage-free future, together.


The progress tracker will be updated annually, beginning September 2017. Companies have received notice as of April 2017, requesting a progress report by July 31, 2017 on their transition to a 100% cage-free egg supply. This gives food businesses time to accurately assess their progress, and put plans in place for regular progress reports.

We are committed to transparency – which means sharing where we are at and where we plan to go. We encourage other companies to join us by transparently sharing their progress.

Panera Bread founder and CEO Ron Shaich

Here is an example of what the progress tracker will look like:



Companies were selected based on company size by revenue, egg footprint (both shelled and liquid eggs), and market influence. By sector, selected companies are:

Fast Casual: Panera, Pret a Manger, Noodles & Company, Au Bon Pain, Shake Shack, Starbucks

Quick Service: Taco Bell, McDonalds, Wendy's, Dunkin Donuts, Jack in the Box/Qdoba, Sonic Drive In, Burger King, Chick-fil-a, Krispy Kreme, Arby's, Carl's Jr./Hardee's, Quizno's, Bojangles, Subway, White Castle

Casual Dining: Cheesecake Factory, Denny's, California Pizza Kitchen, IHOP/Applebee's, Cracker Barrel, Darden, Bob Evans, TGI Fridays, Chili's/Maggiano's

Food Service & Hospitality: Compass, Aramark, Delaware North, Sodexo, Centerplate, US Foods, Sysco, Disney, Intercontinential Hotel Group, Wyndam Worldwide, Hilton, Marriot, World Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines 

Manufacturer: Unilever, PepsiCo, Nestle's, Kraft Heinz, Kellogg's, Mars, ConAgra, General Mills, Mondelez, Barilla, Hormel, Campbell's, Grupo Bimbo, Eggland's Best

Retailer: Kroger, Costco, Wal-Mart, Southeastern Grocers, Publix, Albertsons/Safeway, Ahold/Delhaize, Target, HEB, Supervalu, Meijer, Trader Joes, Wakefern, Whole Foods, BJs, Aldi


Compassion in World Farming aims to help in the transition to a 100% cage-free egg supply. Please see the resources below for assistance.

There’s a very strong desire (80 percent) to learn more about how food is produced and where it comes from.

Consumer Trust 2016 Report, The Center for Food Integrity


You can keep this tool running by making a contribution to Compassion in World Farming, the organization making sure food businesses can and will stick to their animal welfare commitments through transparent progress reports. Help fund EggTrack and Compassion’s ongoing work to improve the lives of farm animals.