Southeastern also plans to switch its private label eggs to cage-free at its banners Bi-Lo, Winn-Dixie and Harveys by 2017. Cage-free eggs account for less than 5% of private label eggs sold currently, but sales are growing.
“In the past two years alone, we’ve seen an average increase of nearly 30% in the sales of our cage-free eggs. It’s clear this is both a product and cause that’s important to our customers,” Michael Bove, group VP of fresh at Southeastern Grocers, said in a press release.
“We are totally committed to working closely with our vendor partners to achieve our 2025 target, to balance our goals of providing customers with quality products at affordable prices and ensuring we are responsible in our approach to animals and the conditions they live in.”
Similarly, SpartanNash will transition to cage-free eggs at its 160 retail stores by 2025 or sooner.
“SpartanNash recognizes that farming practices evolve based on new information, technologies, agricultural advancements and consumer preferences,” Larry Pierce, EVP, merchandising and marketing, said in a press release. “Consequently, we rely on industry, agricultural and veterinary experts to stay abreast of scientific developments. Such experts have told us that it will take years to modify facilities to ensure an adequate supply of safe, sustainable cage-free eggs. For this reason, our buyers are working closely with our suppliers to ensure we have access to a number of cage-free egg brands for our retail store customers.”
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