Aramark says it will source all shell eggs within the United States from cage-free hens by the end of 2014. The announcement comes shortly after the company's recent commitment to eliminate all pork from animals bred using gestation crates in its U.S. supply chain by 2017. Both announcements were made in conjunction with the Humane Society of the United States.
“We’re committed to operating responsibly and addressing key issues throughout our supply chain and business,” says Kathy Cacciola, senior director ofenvironmental sustainability. “This commitment to source shell eggs from cage-free hens, along with our recent commitment to eliminate pork from animals bred in gestation crates, helps move our industry toward an even stronger commitment to animal welfare.”
Aramark purchases approximately 30 million shell eggs annually in the United States. Currently, eggs from cage-free hens are an available option for clients.
Cage-free eggs are produced by hens that are allowed to roam and demand for cage-free eggs continues to increase. On the federal level, the proposed Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments would provide a uniform national standard for the housing and treatment of egg-laying hens.
“This commitment is consistent with our long-standing efforts to demonstrate corporate responsibility in action,” Cacciola says. “From the food we purchase, to our energy and water conservation efforts, to our waste management practices, we are continually making decisions and acting in ways that help advance sustainable practices within our organization and in our many client relationships.”