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What is MICA?

Monitor de Iniciativas Corporativas por los Animales (MICA) analyzes the animal welfare performance of Latin America’s most influential food and hospitality companies. In 2020, we focused on laying hen confinement for 34 companies across food industry segments.

Thousands of companies around the world have pledged to ban cages from their egg supply chains. Most companies are committed to an implementation deadline of December 31, 2025, which is approaching; therefore, the public expects that companies start making considerable progress on their transitions and report this progress annually.

After analyzing public information, engaging with cooperative food companies, and collecting information through a private survey sent to companies, we ranked the 34 companies’ performance on this critical animal welfare issue as follows:

Company Ranking by Level

Nivel Oro

"100 Percent Cage-Free"

  • None
Nivel Plata

“Close to Fulfillment”

  • Costco
Nivel Bronce

“Significant Progress, Public Reporting”

  • Arcos Dorados
  • GPA
  • Kraft-Heinz
Green Level

“Some Progress, Demonstrated Transparency”

  • Carrefour
  • Subway
  • Unilever
  • Grupo Big (formerly Walmart Brasil)
Yellow Level

“Little or No Progress, Some Transparency”

  • Aramark
  • Brazil Fast Food Corporation (BFFC)
  • Compass Group
  • IHG
  • Mondelēz
  • Puratos
  • Sodexo
Orange Level

“No Commitment or No Transparency”

  • Accor Hotels
  • Alsea
  • Grupo Éxito
  • Grupo Bimbo
  • Hilton
  • Marriott International
  • Nestlé
  • PepsiCo
  • Restaurant Brands International (RBI)
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentación (DIA)
  • Jerónimo Martins
  • Mars
Red Level

“No Commitment and No Transparency”

  • Barceló Hotel Group
  • Cencosud
  • FEMSA Comercio
  • Grupo Herdez
  • Organización Soriana
  • Walmart de México y Centroamérica
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The Sad Reality for Hens

Cage confinement of hens by the egg industry is one of the most terrible food industry practices, as hens cannot express most of their natural behaviors, such as nesting, spreading their wings, dustbathing, and foraging.

These birds are smart, sensitive, and able to feel pain. Help put an end to cages! Let’s ask red-level companies to ban cages from their egg supply chains.

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Mercy For Animals

Founded in 1999, Mercy For Animals is an international nonprofit dedicated to constructing a compassionate food system by reducing suffering and ending the exploitation of animals for food. We currently work in Brazil, Canada, India, Latin America, and the United States.

We Promote Change


Large corporations control the destiny of billions of animals exploited for food. A single policy reform by a major restaurant or supermarket chain can reduce suffering for millions of animals each year. Our corporate engagement team focuses on helping the largest companies in the food industry end the worst practices and adopt meaningful animal welfare policies.

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We’re Here to Help You

In Latin America, our corporate engagement and animal welfare teams’ top priority is to eliminate cages in the egg industry. Our corporate engagement team can assist your company in making and fulfilling a public commitment to a cage-free egg supply chain. Contact us! We’re here for you.

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*We expect retailer commitments to cover 100 percent of shell eggs. For all other company categories, we expect commitments to cover 100 percent of egg sourcing, including shell eggs, liquid eggs, and egg ingredients.