In an announcement that will ripple across the supermarket and grocery sector, Ahold — one of the nation’s largest grocers and owner of the Stop & Shop, Giant, Martin’s, and Peapod brands — announced today that it’s switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2022.
In a statement released last night, Ahold noted that “cage-free environments are a more humane way to treat hens” and reported that the company is working “to persuade the egg industry to quickly start making the significant investments needed to go cage free.”
Already, nearly all the top fast food chains, family dining restaurants, food manufacturers, and food service companies have enacted cage-free egg policies. (In fact, just this week, Krystal and the company that owns Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba’s made cage-free pledges too.)
The grocery sector is stepping up to help make America a cage-free nation. With Costco, Target, BJ’s Wholesale, and Trader Joe’s all going cage-free — and now with Ahold’s major announcement— the movement is unstoppable. There’s simply no room for any responsible company to continue with a program that sells eggs from hens packed wing to wing in small cages and immobilized for the whole of their lives.
What’s also significant about Ahold’s monumental announcement is that the company is based in Massachusetts, where we’re leading efforts to pass a historic ballot measure that would end the cage confinement of hens. (BJ’s and Trader Joe’s are also headquartered in the Bay State.) That measure’s phase-out date comports precisely with Ahold’s new policy.
We’re thankful for Ahold’s tremendous work and stand by its side. As the company states, they “hope with our announcement that the entire grocery industry will go there with us.”