DEERFIELD, ILL. — Mondelez International plans to fully transition to using cage-free eggs in the United States and Canada by 2020 and in Europe by 2025. The announcement follows the company’s progress toward sustainable and responsible sourcing, including the welfare of egg-laying chickens.
“With the ambition of being the global leader in well-being snacks, we’re making great strides in ensuring sustainable and responsible production of our products and sourcing of our ingredients,” said Jonathan Horrell, director of sustainability. “Meaningful commitments such as these take time, in both planning and implementation, but we’re very pleased to announce this major step forward in our cage-free sourcing.”
Mondelez currently uses 100% cage-free eggs in all its European chocolate brands and in its biscuit products sold in Belgium and The Netherlands.
“We ultimately want all eggs to be produced cage-free, and we’ll continue to advance conversations with suppliers to establish timelines for cage-free production in other regions, when we have evidence that commercially viable supplies are available,” Mr. Horrell said.Mondelez now joins a growing list of major players switching to cage-free eggs, including Nestle, General Mills and The Kellogg Co.