The cage-free egg movement gained a lot of momentum during the second half of 2015, with numerous North American companies making pledges to transition to using only eggs from cage-free hens. Those businesses were located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
While the majority of those companies making a cage-free egg pledge were restaurants, cruise companies and food products businesses also announced similar commitments, as did wholesale store chain Costco.
Taco Bell and Shake Shack plan the most immediate change, with both restaurant chains committing to make the switch before the end of 2016.
Arby’s, Nestle’, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Caribou Coffee and Panera Bread intend to be fully transitioned to cage-free eggs by 2020, while Royal Caribbean plans to have all of its egg supply come from cage-free operations by 2022.
Establishing a timeline of 2025 were the Carnival Corporation, Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, Grupo Bimbo, General Mills, Jack in the Box, Qdoba, the Kellogg Company and McDonald’s.
Costco announced its intent to convert to selling only cage-free eggs, but has yet to determine a timeline.
In just the first week of 2016, Wendy’s joined the list of companies to make a cage-free commitment. It plans to use only cage-free eggs at its restaurants in the U.S. and Canada by 2020. Several days later, Quiznos vowed to transition to cage-free eggs by 2025.