Nestlé to use cage-free eggs only by 2025
Nestlé has pledged to only use eggs laid by cage-free hens for all its food products globally by 2025.
This includes all shell eggs and egg products that are sourced as ingredients by the food giant.
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The move comes as part of Nestlé's plan to phase out eggs from caged hens in Europe and the US by 2020.
Nestle has said that for the rest of the America’s, Middle East, Africa and Oceania, the transition will happen by 2025 and for Asia, it will happen “as conditions allow.”
"Our purpose is to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future," said a spokesperson at Nestlé.
"This includes ensuring decent welfare standards for animals that are reared for the ingredients used in our products."
The food behemoth has increasingly invested in niche brands that reflect a consumer shift towards healthier and more ethical foods, such as the acquisition of vegan food manufacturer Sweet Earth.
Nestlé has said that currently more than 40% of eggs it uses in Europe are already sourced from cage-free hens.