Reflecting a trend that has been sweeping the food industry in recent months, the Kraft Heinz Company has announced it will transition to using 100-per-cent cage-free eggs in all North American operations by 2025.
“We’re committed to responsible, sustainable practices extending to every facet of our business,” says Michael Mullen, senior vice-president of Corporate and Government Affairs, The Kraft Heinz Company. “Making the move to source our eggs exclusively from cage-free hens builds on progress made by both Kraft and Heinz in previous years and reinforces our continuing pursuit of animal welfare improvements throughout our supply chain.”
Kraft Heinz sources eggs in North America primarily for use within its sauces portfolio including for brands like Miracle Whip, Heinz Mayo and Kraft Salad Dressings.
According to a media release, the company defines cage-free eggs as those laid by hens allowed to walk, nest and engage in other behaviours in an open area.
“We appreciate the people at Kraft Heinz working diligently to make this commitment a reality,” says Josh Balk, senior Food Policy director for the Humane Society of the United States. “Many animals will have better lives because of it.”