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Consumer willingness to pay the additional cost of cage-free egg production is still in question while U.S. egg producers continue to build new cage-free housing in advance to implementation of cage-free housing legislation and cage-free egg purchase pledges.
Many factors play a role in the shift of layer housing to cage-free, including state law changes, consumer demand and housing costs, but there seems to be a disconnect between what consumers are asking for and what they want.
The company website recently stated that they are on pace to convert 75% of their global system and 100% of U.S. Branded Sweet Treat products to cage-free by the end of 2021 and use 100% cage-free eggs globally by 2026.