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Hershey expands cage-free egg pledge globally

Company had already pledged to phase out cage-raised eggs in U.S. and Canada
The Hershey Company, one of the largest chocolate and confectionery producers in the world, has announced it will use only cage-free eggs and egg products across its global supply chain, including in China.
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Cage-free egg bill proposed in Arizona

Legislation described as a compromise between Hickman’s Family Farms and HSUS
A new bill has been introduced in the Arizona Legislature that would phase out the use of cages in egg production or sale of eggs from cage-raised hens.
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Additional cage-free hens increase total US hen flock

Even with passage of legislation calling for cage-free hen housing passing in 6 states, US egg producers still predict that more than half of the US hens will be in cages in 2025.
Exclusive survey of U.S. egg producers reveals plans for future hen housing and estimates for cage-free housing conversions.
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Top 20 US egg producers in 2020

Learn more about the companies WATT Global Media ranked as the top egg producers in 2020.
The top 20 U.S. egg producers, according to data from Egg Industry’s Top Egg Company Survey.
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PETA blames meat eaters for barn fire, calls out cage-free

A large fire destroyed a barn and about 300,000 cage-free laying hens at a Konos egg farm, PETA is planning a billboard blaming people who are not yet vegans for the birds' deaths.
A large fire destroyed a barn and killed about 300,000 cage-free laying hens, PETA blames anyone who isn't vegan in their new billboard.
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Iowa organic egg company produces on small farms

Farmers Hen House, an organic free-range egg company, prioritizes sustainable farming while keeping small farms in business.
Farmers Hen House began with a few small Amish farms and the idea that producing organic eggs would keep these farms viable and sustainable.
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Egg white wraps developed for health-conscious consumers

An egg white wrap made with cage-free eggs offers consumers a low-carb and grain-free alternative to traditional tortillas.
The new egglife egg white wraps, tortilla-like wraps made with cage-free eggs instead of flour, are intended to meet the needs of those making more health-conscious decisions.
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Michigan cage-free egg bill signed into law

Signed by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, SB 174 amends Michigan Animal Industry Act, ensuring laying hens will be cage free by 2025
A newly passed law in Michigan will require that all eggs that are produced or sold in Michigan be produced in cage-free laying systems by 2025.
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