Nestlé Canada has announced that it will move to using only cage-free eggs in all its Canadian food products by 2025.
Nestlé Canada purchases almost 500,000 pounds of eggs annually and is dedicated to working with Canadian farmers to make this transition by 2025.
“Canadian farmers are important to us, and in addition to eggs, we also purchase approximately $44 million worth of dairy products every year. Working alongside Canadian farmers is an essential part of our commitment to the health, care and welfare of animals,” said Catherine O’Brien, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Canada Inc.
This pledge to use 100 percent Canadian cage-free eggs is part of Nestlé’s global commitment on farm animal welfare, launched in 2012 and strengthened in 2014, according to a company press release. As part of the commitment, the company outlined its plan to eliminate specific farming practices, like tail docking for cattle and pigs, gestation crates for pigs and veal crates. Nestlé works with World Animal Protection, a global animal welfare organization, and SGS to assess its suppliers against these commitments.
Nestlé is developing pilot projects with its suppliers and World Animal Protection to establish a roadmap for sourcing cage-free eggs in Europe and the rest of the world.
“Nestlé Canada’s commitment to move to cage-free eggs will have a huge positive impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of hens. Unlike conventional barns, cage-free systems allow hens to move around freely, perch and lay their eggs in a nest box. World Animal Protection has been pleased to support Nestlé’s work to improve the lives of farm animals. We applaud Nestlé Canada’s commitment to hens today and their ongoing efforts to give other farm animals better lives as well,” says Josey Kitson, Executive Director for World Animal Protection Canada.