Asda and Lidl have joined the recent raft to retailers pledging to stop selling eggs from caged hens. Asda and Lidl have both committed to the 2025 deadline similar to that recently set by Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi and Iceland. The latest commitments mean that all the UK’s major supermarket chains have now either gone cage-free or have pledged to do so.
Sainsbury’s, The Co-op, Waitrose and M&S all banished caged eggs from their shelves long ago but in the last three weeks, following Tesco and Aldi’s announcements, Morrisons, Iceland, Lidl and Asda, plus foodservice company Sodexo have all committed to go cage-free.
Dr Tracey Jones, Director of Food Business at Compassion in World Farming, said: “The speed with which these announcements are being made demonstrates the power of market shift when forward thinking brands lead the way and act as a catalyst for change. It is a time of major change for laying hen welfare in the UK and the hope that a cage-free day will dawn in modern egg production looks increasingly feasible. The pledges from UK supermarkets should set an example to other sectors and countries that cages have no place in modern day agriculture and that the power to change it is in their hands.”