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Catering supplier Sodexo makes cage-free egg commitment

Staff Writer | July 26, 2016
The world’s largest catering supplier, Sodexo, has agreed to switch to sourcing only cage-free eggs by 2025.
Animal welfare   France-based firm said it will source barn eggs
The decision follows announcements made by major supermarkets in recent weeks, following concerted pressure from animal welfare groups.

Sodexo’s announcement follows announcements from Tesco in the UK and Walmart in the United States, though the UK subsidiary of the world’s largest supermarket chain, Asda, has come in for criticism as the retailer has not committed itself to phasing out sourcing eggs from caged birds.

By 2025, France-based Sodexo said it will source barn or free-range eggs for its entire 80-country global operation. The company uses 250 million shell eggs each year. The pledge to source cage-free eggs covers both shell and liquid egg.

Animal welfare charities the Humane Society International (HSI) and Compassion in World Farming will work with Sodexo through its transitioning procurement process.