Following discussions with Mercy For Animals, SUPERVALU, one of the nation’s largest grocers, has publicly declared that 100 percent of eggs sold in its stores will be cage-free by 2025. The policy, which affects all SUPERVALU retail banners, including Cub Foods, Save-A-Lot, Shop ’n Save, Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy, and Rainbow Foods, will spare more than 1.5 million hens annually from suffering in tiny wire cages.
SUPERVALU’s statement is the latest in a series of cage-free egg commitments by top grocers, including Kroger and Albertsons. Additionally, nearly 100 other retailers, restaurants, foodservice companies, and food manufacturers have pledged to go cage-free in the last year.
SUPERVALU’s cage-free egg commitment is one of the first initiatives by the company to establish a comprehensive animal welfare policy encompassing guidelines for its egg, pork, dairy, and chicken supply chains. SUPERVALU transitioned its Wild Harvest brand of eggs to 100 percent cage-free last fall and has already promised to work with suppliers to eliminate gestation crates that severely confine sows.
While cage-free doesn’t mean cruelty-free, SUPERVALU’s cage-free egg commitment will reduce the suffering of birds and inspire other grocers to implement similar policies. It’s high time H-E-B acknowledged that cramming animals into cages barely larger than their bodies is animal cruelty no company with morals should support.
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