Mondelēz International has officially announced plans to fully transition to using cage-free eggs in the U.S. and Canada by 2020, and in Europe by 2025.
The global snacking giant specializes in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy and powdered beverages, with well-known brands that include Oreo, LU and Nabisco biscuits; Cadbury, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate; and Trident gum and Tang powdered beverages.
“With the ambition of being the global leader in well-being snacks, we’re making great strides in ensuring sustainable and responsible production of our products and sourcing of our ingredients,” says Jonathan Horrell, director of Sustainability at Mondelēz. “Meaningful commitments such as these take time, in both planning and implementation, but we’re very pleased to announce this major step forward in our cage-free sourcing.
Mondelez currently uses 100-per-cent cage-free eggs in all of its European chocolate brands, as well as in its biscuit products sold in Belgium and the Netherlands.
“We ultimately want all eggs to be produced cage-free, and we’ll continue to advance conversations with suppliers to establish timelines for cage-free production in other regions, when we have evidence that commercially viable supplies are available,” says Horrell.
“We applaud Mondelēz International for their continued partnership and progress in switching to cage-free eggs in North America and Europe,” says Josh Balk, senior director of Food Policy for The Humane Society of the United States. “This is a tremendous step forward for a global company, and it will make a meaningful difference for animals.”