Kroger is the latest US supermarket chain to commit to cage-free sourcing of its eggs
Kroger made the announcement after an animal welfare group placed billboards advocating for cage-free sourcing around Cincinnati, near Kroger’s headquarters.
Just a few weeks after Trader Joe’s announced that it would make the transition to a completely cage-free egg supply chain, Kroger has announced that it too will sell only cage-free eggs in its stores by 2025.
In 2015, only 15 percent of Kroger’s eggs were cage-free.
“As our customer base has been moving to cage-free at an increasing rate, Kroger’s goal is to transition to a 100% cage-free egg supply chain by 2025,” the company said in a statement. “The Kroger family of stores is committed to working with our suppliers during this transition in a way that ensures eggs are readily available, safely produced, and affordably priced for all of our customers.”
Although the supermarket chain is not the first major brand to commit to cage-free eggs, it is one of only a few national grocers to do so, joining Whole Foods and Costco. Kroger’s announcement was made a day after the Humane League, an animal welfare group, launched a campaign to convince Kroger to change its egg-sourcing methods.
Billboards placed on benches in Cincinnati, just a few blocks from Kroger’s corporate headquarters, called on the company to “please help” the chickens in its supply chains.
A day later, Kroger conceded to public pressure and promised to “continue to listen to our customers and engage in dialogue with stakeholders on important food policy issues.”