Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CP Foods) will increase the production of this year's cage-free eggs to 16 million in an effort to meet rapid growth in demands for high-animal welfare and antibiotic-free products.
Somkid Wannalukkhee, senior vice president at CP Foods, said that due to the COVID-19 situation this has resulted in an increase in health-conscious consumption. This is also in line with the company's food product development guidelines, which has always given importance to the sustainable food supply chain for the egg.
CP Foods’ Wang Somboon Farm, Saraburi Province, is the first cage-free farm in Thailand that is certified by the Department of Livestock Development for Cage Free farming. Wang Somboon Farm has started a cage-free production with high animal welfare principles since 2018.
The farm targets to produce 16 million cage-free eggs in this year and increase the output each year by 30%. This target is along with CP Foods' new stragety "CPF 2030 Sustainability in Action."
“CP Food places importance upon safe, sustainable and antibiotic-free production, using the best farming technologies to manage the cage-free farm, ensuring eco-friendly and safe operation,” he said.
Wang Somboon Farm naturally raised hen in a closed system house that is managed in accordance with animal welfare principles, such as using 15 cm per hen for linear perch space, multiple enrichments that allow hens to express their natural behaviors and a system to digitally control the environment. These are made for the sole purpose to make the laying hens happy and healthy all the time and raised without antibiotics. Cage-free eggs from Wang Somboon Farm are chemical-free, safe and 100% natural.
Mr. Somkid says the special breed laying hens are fed 100% grains to keep chickens in good health and reaching their full genetic potential. With strong hens, good genetics, good animal welfare practices and high biosecurity combined, CP Foods’ cage-free eggs are fresher, having bright orange egg yolks and use antibiotic-free. He added that all products have to go through a freshness test to ensure that they are all at the same quality.
Besides the quality of product, CP Foods has introduced a digital product traceability system, printing a safe color on the eggshell to identify the farm that it came from. This is to increase confidence in transparency of cage-free egg production to consumers.
CP Foods’ cage-free eggs come with sustainable packages, choosing egg trays made from 100% recycled paper.
The products is recognized by chefs and leading restaurant businesses in Thailand such as Momo Paradise, Jay Fai's Kitchen, hotel chains as well as being sold in many leading supermarkets.