PepsiCo is the latest food company to commit to cage-free eggs.
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By Beth Kowitt
March 28, 2016

The cage-free egg movement struts on.

PepsiCo (PEP) today became the latest company to commit to using 100% cage-free eggs. The company will make the transition in North America by 2020 and globally by 2025. PepsiCo uses eggs in some of its baked products, such as biscuits, cookies, and protein bars, as well as oatmeal.

PepsiCo quietly marked the change by updating its sustainability policy on its website.

The Humane League said in a press release that it had approached PepsiCo toward the end of last year with the request that it switch to eggs laid by hens who are not confined in cramped cages.

PepsiCo, the world’s second-largest food manufacturer, joins a growing list of companies—retailers, restaurant chains, food service, and egg producers—to promise a cage-free future in a recent flurry of announcements.

“The issue of hen welfare has become so high in the food industry’s radar that pretty much anyone who uses eggs on a commercial scale is coming on board,” says Josh Balk, senior director of food policy for the Humane Society of the U.S.

Below is an updated list of companies, which the Humane Society helps maintain, that have made the commitment.

Retail

  • Ahold: by 2022
  • Albertson’s: by 2025
  • Aldi: by 2025
  • Bashas’: by 2025
  • BJ’s Wholesale: by 2022
  • Costco (COST): in the U.S., no timeline
  • CVS (CVS): by 2025
  • Delhaize America (DEG): by 2025
  • The Fresh Market (TFM): by 2020
  • Kroger (KR): by 2025
  • Loblaw: by 2025
  • Metro: by 2025
  • Raley’s: all private-label eggs by July, 2016. All brands by 2020.
  • Sobey’s: by 2025
  • Sprouts (SFM): by 2022
  • Target (TGT): by 2025
  • Trader Joe’s: by 2025
  • Walmart Canada (WMT): by 2025
  • Wawa: in all breakfast sandwiches by 2020
  • Whole Foods (WFM): already 100% cage-free

 

Restaurant Chains

  • A&W Canada: by 2018
  • Arby’s: in the U.S. by 2020
  • Au Bon Pain: in the U.S. by 2017
  • Bloomin’ Brands (BLMN): in the U.S. by 2025
  • Bob Evans (BOBE): by 2025
  • Boston Pizza: by 2025 in all Canadian restaurants
  • Burger King/Tim Hortons (QSR): in the U.S. by 2017
  • Cara: all brands by 2020
  • Caribou Coffee: in the U.S. by 2020
  • The Cheesecake Factory (CAKE): in the U.S., timeline to be announced in 2016
  • Denny’s (DENN): by 2026
  • Dunkin’ Brands (DNKN): in the U.S. by 2025
  • Einstein Brothers: by 2020 in all domestic locations
  • Golden Corral: all locations, expected within 10 years
  • HMS Host: in its airport and motorway restaurants by 2025
  • IHOP and Applebee’s (DIN): by 2025 in the U.S.
  • Jack in the Box/Qdoba (JACK): in the U.S by 2025
  • Krystal: by 2026
  • Le Pain Quotidien: already 100% cage-free
  • McDonald’s (MCD): in the U.S. and Canada by 2025
  • MTY Group (MTY): by 2025
  • Noodles & Co. (NDLS): has already made the switch
  • Panera Bread (PNRA): in the U.S. by 2020
  • P.F. Chang’s: in the U.S. by 2025
  • Quiznos: by 2025 with a goal of 2022
  • Red Robin (RRGB): already switched to cage-free
  • Ruby Tuesday (RT): by 2025
  • The Second Cup (SCU): by 2020
  • Shake Shack (SHAK): by the end of 2016
  • Shoney’s: by 2025
  • Sonic (SONC): by 2025
  • Starbucks (SBUX): in North America by 2020
  • Subway: in the U.S. and Canada by 2025
  • Taco Bell (YUM):in the U.S. by 2017
  • Taco John’s: by 2025
  • T.G.I. Friday’s: in the U.S. by 2025
  • Wendy’s (WEN): in the U.S and Canada by 2020
  • White Castle: by 2025

 

Food Manufacturers

  • Barilla: in the U.S. by 2020
  • Campbell Soup (CPB): by 2025
  • ConAgra Foods (CAG): by 2025
  • Flowers Foods (FLO): by 2025
  • General Mills (GIS): in the U.S. by 2025
  • Grupo Bimbo: globally by 2025
  • Hood: working on a timeline
  • Kellogg (K): in the U.S. by 2025
  • Kraft Heinz (KHC): in North America by 2025
  • Mars: in the U.S., Canada, and Australia by 2020
  • Mondelez International (MDLZ): by 2020 in U.S., Europe by 2025
  • Nestle: in the U.S. by 2020
  • PepsiCo: in North America by 2020, globally by 2025
  • Schwan’s: by 2020
  • Unilever (UL): globally by 2020

 

Food Service

  • Aramark (ARMK): in the U.S. by 2020
  • Bon Appetit: has already transitioned
  • Centerplate
  • Compass Group: in the U.S. by 2020
  • Delaware North: by mid-2016
  • North Centerplate: by 2020
  • Sodexo: in the U.S. by 2021

 

Egg Producers

  • Gemperle’s Farm announced in 2016:
  • Hickman’s: announced in 2015
  • Michael Foods: announced in 2015
  • Rembrandt Foods: announced in 2015
  • Rose Acre: announced in 2015

 

Hospitality & Travel

  • Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL): by 2025
  • Hilton Worldwide (HLT): most brands in the U.S. by 2018
  • Hyatt (H): committed in the U.S., no timeline
  • Marriott (MAR): in the U.S. by 2015
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCLH): by 2025
  • Royal Caribbean (RCL): by 2022
  • Starwood (HOT): by 2020

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