Nestlé to phase out cage eggs by 2025
The policy will be adopted in 189 countries, including Australia, across its portfolio of brands including Lean Cuisine, Nesquik and KitKat.
“This includes all shell eggs and egg products (e.g. whole egg powder and liquid, egg white powder and liquid) directly sourced as ingredients by Nestlé.”
Nestlé will make the transition by 2020 in Europe and the US, and by 2025 for the rest of the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. It will aim for the same transition period for the Asia market, “as conditions allow”.
Animals Australia said the commitment is a major step toward.
“As the largest food company in the world, this decision is a signal to the rest of the food industry that cage eggs don’t have a future,” said director of farmed animal advocacy Jesse Marks.
“Australian consumers are concerned about the cruelty egg-laying hens suffer in cages, with a recent Roy Morgan poll showing that 67 per cent of Australians are more likely to support a company that has a policy not to use or sell cage eggs. This decision by Nestlé demonstrates how leaders in the corporate sector can listen to their customers and respond.”