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Who are the big brands doing their bit to help free hens from battery cages?

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  • RSPCA Australia
  • Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Are you one of the many Aussies who cares about whether the eggs you buy come from hens forced to live their lives in a battery cage? You’re part of a growing movement that is seeing big brands make big commitments thanks to consumer power.

Although Aussies are buying fewer cage eggs in supermarkets, millions of cage eggs are going into food production and service.

But there are many big brands that are listening to their customers’ concerns, and making the switch to cage-free eggs.

You might have seen the news of our recent partnership with Grill’d Healthy Burgers, an all-Australian national restaurant chain that’s only ever used free-range eggs since it was established in 2004.

Some of the big brands who are committed to using only cage-free eggs may surprise you.

Subway Australia
With more than 1,400 stores across the country, Subway Australia’s transition to using only cage-free eggs in 2015 was very welcomed news for Aussie hens.

Hungry Jacks
Hungry Jack’s made the big announcement in 2016 they had transitioned to using only cage-free eggs in their stores nationally 16 months ahead of their original plan.

IKEA
IKEA Australia has restaurants inside their stores that serve huge numbers of meals to hungry Aussie shoppers every day. IKEA has been committed to using only cage-free eggs since 2015.

Simplot Australia
With much-loved brands such as Leggo’s and Lean Cuisine under their umbrella, Simplot continues to be committed to using only cage-free eggs for their product ingredients.

Which brands are on their way to becoming cage-free?

It’s exciting to see so many more companies already on the path to becoming cage free after making public commitments. These include:

·         McDonald’s – aiming to be fully cage-free by end of 2017

·         The Cheesecake Shop – aiming for end of 2017

·         Arnott’s –aiming for end of 2017

·         MARS – by 2020

·         Unilever –by 2020

·         JBS – globally by 2020.

·         General Mills – globally by 2025

·         Compass Group – globally by 2025

·         PepsiCo – globally by 2025

If one of your favourite brands is yet to publically commit to going cage free, make sure you contact them. Consumer power is incredibly powerful, and a key element in finally freeing Aussie hens from cages.

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