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Asda and Lidl latest retailers to make cage-free pledge

Staff Writer | July 30, 2016
Asda and Lidl in the UK announced that they will phase out cage eggs within the next nine years, echoing commitments announced in recent weeks from Tesco, Morrisons and French catering giant Sodexo.
Animal welfare   Phasing out the sale of shell eggs from caged hens
Asda has come under particular pressure, since its U.S. parent company Walmart made the pledge for its North American stores.

Ryan McDonnell, commercial director at Lidl UK commented, "As a responsible retailer, we are committed to ensuring that the highest standards are met and maintained across our supply chain.

"Our pledge to work closely with our UK suppliers to phase out the sale of shell eggs from caged hens also underlines our understanding of our customers’ changing expectations, as shoppers increasingly search for responsibly sourced high quality British produce at the best price."

Reacting to the retailers’ animal welfare commitments earlier in the week, the NFU said supermarkets must give their egg suppliers more clarity on timelines and – importantly - what will replace current production systems.

"Tesco said in its announcement that eggs from barn systems or free range will replace its caged eggs.