THE CAGE-FREE PROGRESS REPORT
FOR PROGRESS AND TRANSPARENCY
Laying hen cages are widely regarded as one of the worst-of-the-worst factory farming practices, and the market has overwhelmingly united in the shift to 100% cage-free eggs. EggTrack is a tool to help achieve a cage-free future, together.
Foreword by FAIRR
"Setting goals for animal welfare is a positive first step, but equally important for investors is implementation. Transparent reporting not only demonstrates a commitment to animal welfare, but provides a good indicator of overall quality of company management." Read the foreword
Many companies have committed to going 100% cage-free in ten years or less. We aim to ensure food businesses can and will stick to their commitment to go 100% cage-free on or ahead of schedule. The purpose of EggTrack is to:
- Ensure food businesses can and will stick to their cage-free egg commitments;
- Encourage transparency in the marketplace; and
- Provide assistance to food businesses during their transition to a 100% cage-free egg supply.
Cage-free egg progress will be tracked on the chart below on an annual basis, beginning with this first annual report published September 18, 2017. Click here to download a PDF of the report.
CONSIDERATIONS AND EXCEPTIONS
The chart above is designed to display publicly available information as clearly as possible. However, there are some case-by-case notes and exceptions to consider. For example, some companies use only one egg type and, therefore, have only one associated progress bar, while others use multiple egg types, but may have only reported progress on one type. A red progress bar signifies that a company has elected not to report progress for that egg product category.
Considerations and exceptions include:
- EggTrack is based on, and tracks progress against, US cage-free commitments only. Exceptions include: Sodexo and Unilever (North America), and the manufacturers Campbell Soup Company, Mondelēz International, and Barilla (global).
- Taco Bell is transparently reporting that 41% of the ingredient eggs used in their sauces are cage-free, with Cinnabon Delights not yet included in that percentage.
- Noodles & Company, Shake Shack, Hormel, and Whole Foods Market have achieved a 100% cage-free egg supply.
- Dunkin’ Donuts reports they are 10% cage-free so far towards their 2025 goal, but they are only reporting on breakfast sandwiches.
- Whole Foods Market is 100% cage-free in their dairy case (for both shell and liquid eggs) and is also 100% cage-free on kitchen and bakehouse eggs. It is unclear whether the other retailer progress applies to shell, liquid, ingredient, or other egg types. We await confirmation from retailers on this distinction, and in the meantime make the assumption that progress reported applies only to shell eggs for the following retailers: Kroger, Publix, Supervalu, and Trader Joe’s.
- Publix reports that 50% of their shell egg offerings are cage-free, but it is unclear if that applies to the actual percentage of cage-free eggs sold.
COMPANIES NOT REPORTING
An impressive 27% of the 73 companies selected to participate in the first annual EggTrack report publicly disclosed their cage-free progress prior to our July 31, 2017 deadline.
The companies that did not publicly disclose their cage-free progress are listed below, by sector. We encourage all companies to participate by our next deadline of July 31, 2018 to ensure they can and will meet their timelines, and to foster better transparency in the marketplace.
Food Service & Hospitality: Delaware North (2020 for shell eggs only, changed from 2016 for both shell and liquid)*, US Foods (2026), Sysco (2026), Disney (2016)*, InterContinental Hotel Group (North America and EU by 2022, Globally by 2025), Wyndham Worldwide (North America by 2018), Hilton Hotels & Resorts (Globally by 2017), Marriott International (2015)*, Royal Caribbean International (2022), Carnival Cruise Line (2025), Norwegian Cruise Line (2025).
Fast Casual: Au Bon Pain (2017), Starbucks (2020)
Quick Service: McDonald’s (2025), Wendy's (2020), Jack in the Box/Qdoba (2025), Sonic Drive-In (2025), Burger King (2025), Chick-fil-A (2026), Krispy Kreme (2026), Arby's (2020), Carl’s Jr./Hardee's (CKE) (2025), Quiznos (2025), Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits (2025), White Castle (2025)
Casual Dining: The Cheesecake Factory (2025), Denny's (2026), California Pizza Kitchen (2022), Dine Equity Inc.(2025), Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (2026), Darden Restaurants (2018), Bob Evans Restaurants (2025), TGI Fridays (2025), Brinker International (2025)
Manufacturer: PepsiCo (US by 2020, Globally by 2025), Nestlé (2020), The Kraft Heinz Company (2025), Kellogg's (Globally by 2025), Mars (US, Canada, Australia by 2020), Conagra Brands (2025), General Mills (Globally by 2025), Grupo Bimbo (Globally by 2025), Egg-land's Best (2025)
Retailer: Walmart (2025), Southeastern Grocers (2025), Albertsons (Shell and retail liquid by 2025), Ahold Delhaize (Ahold USA brands by 2020, Delhaize America Brands by 2025), Target (Shell eggs by 2025), H-E-B (2025), Meijer (2025), Wakefern (2025), BJ’s Wholesale Club (Shell eggs by 2022 Liquid eggs by 2025), Aldi (Shell eggs by 2025).
*Company failed to meet or report progress against a pre-2017 100% cage-free egg deadline.
Companies with a time-bound cage-free egg commitment were selected based on company size by revenue, egg footprint (both shelled and liquid eggs), and market influence.
Companies were asked to publicly disclose their cage-free egg percentages ahead of July 31, 2017. In order for progress to be included in the tracker, it must be publicly available on a company’s website or other document including, but not limited to, an animal welfare policy, a CSR or progress report, or a press release.
A company receives the coveted 100% cage-free ribbon if they have achieved their goal of having all egg types used in their supply chain come from cage-free hens.
EggTrack has revealed an urgent need for clarity from companies on which types of eggs their cage-free commitments truly apply to (e.g., shell, liquid, ingredient, or other egg type).
Commitments to be 100% cage-free by a certain date presume applicability to all egg product categories within a company supply chain. However, with some commitments it is less clear, particularly with regards to retailers. We call for full transparency on the progress towards being 100% cage-free on all types of eggs used by each business, as well as the target date for each egg type.
We will continue to follow up with the non-reporting companies to ensure we reach a 100% cage-free future and eliminate one of the worst-of-the-worst factory farm practices.
As the market continues to make this shift, and as the demand for transparency continues to increase, we encourage companies to integrate annual progress reporting into their reporting procedures, and disclose this information for all farm animal welfare commitments relevant to their business.
For food businesses:
- 2017 EggTrack report [PDF]
- Building a Better Henhouse: A Comprehensive Guide to Higher Welfare Systems for Laying Hens [PDF]
- Overview of laying hen welfare certifications [PDF]
- Cage-Free Systems for Laying Hens: Fit for Purpose, Fit for Future [PDF]
- Don't Compromise Your Cage-Free Housing: Drawbacks of Combination Systems for Laying Hens [PDF]
- Compassion in Food Business website
- Contact our US Food Business Team
For the public:
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