El Corte Inglés to convert to cage-free eggs by 2025
Spanish company to make transition 5 years earlier than it originally planned
El Corte Inglés, a Spanish egg producer, reduced by five years their own deadline to source all of the brands’ eggs from cage-free laying systems. The company stated that this measure will be effective before 2025. This decision is part of the company’s animal welfare policy that is currently under development.
Currently, more than half of the eggs sold by El Corte Inglés are organic, free-range or from soil-floored coops. Currently, more than 53 percent of the eggs that it markets are in one of those three categories, which places it above the market average, according to the company in a press release.
El Corte Inglés stated that the company is committed to products from organic agriculture and livestock as part of its sustainable development plan, thus integrating the corporate policy of animal welfare for all its own brands.
Free-range eggs in restaurants
El Corte Inglés signed an agreement with the Galician cooperative Coren whereby 100 percent of the eggs offered in their cafés, restaurants or prepared dishes are free-range, that is, they come from hens reared outside.
El Corte Inglés will work with its suppliers and customers with the goal that 100 percent of the eggs are produced with cage-free systems by 2025.
According to the company, the social responsibility policy of El Corte Inglés involves a continuous improvement approach and establishes a permanent dialogue with its stakeholders, for which it has set up a working group with various organizations (consumer associations, producers, non-government organizations, certification bodies, etc.) in order to advance a growing supply of sustainable products.
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