European EggTrack Report
Compassion’s second annual European EggTrack report shows the progress companies are making towards ending the use of cages for laying hens throughout their egg supply chains.
Since 2016, we’ve witnessed a wave of companies making cage-free egg commitments. This report is designed to celebrate those public commitments, hold companies accountable for ensuring year-on-year progress and stimulate a market shift away from caged egg production.
All the companies highlighted in the report have made a commitment to sourcing only cage-free eggs by 2025 or sooner.
By demonstrating the progress companies are making towards meeting their long-term cage-free commitments, we hope to inspire further progress and give producers the confidence to invest in the best alternative systems which are not only fit for purpose, to give the hens a good quality of life, but fit for the future too with a lifetime worth of investment.
We have included 106 group-level companies in this year’s report, up from 83 in 2018. We have not included every business with a cage-free egg commitment, but have selected leading companies based on their size, the volumes of eggs they use and their market influence.
EggTrack highlights the progress companies are making across not only shell or whole egg, but also their product and ingredient egg supply chains too, which are just as important but often forgotten when it comes to commitments and reporting.
The data was compiled based on publicly available information on company websites during August 2019.
- 72% of the 106 companies included have reported progress against their commitments for at least part of their supply chain (such as a particular brand, geography or type of egg);
- 42% of companies are reporting fully against their commitments, covering all parts of their supply chain;
- On a like-for-like basis, removing the 23 new companies from the dataset, 81% of companies are reporting at least partially, compared to 75% in last year’s report, and 46% are reporting fully, compared to 43% last year;
- The average progress made against future commitments (with end dates of 2019 onwards) is 64%. On a like-for-like basis, average progress made against future commitments has improved from 54% to 64%.
ERRATA: Aldi UK is shown as 'Not yet reported' whereas this should display 67% cage-free.
Compassion encourages all companies to:
- clarify the scope of their commitments and include all forms of egg (e.g. shell, product and ingredient) used across the business, where this is not already the case;
- report progress on commitments to demonstrate that industry is committed to the move and to provide transparency;
- work with suppliers now to ensure the commitment deadlines are met and that a progressive transition to cage-free production is achieved; and
- invest in the best alternative systems, which are fit for purpose (by providing a good quality of life for hens) and fit for future (are acceptable for the lifetime of investment and successfully address emerging issues, e.g. operating with intact beaks).
US EggTrack Report
Compassion introduced its first US EggTrack report in 2017 and the latest 2019 report is available now - click here to read more.
Further Resources - Laying Hens
Please find below a selection of resources relevant to companies transitioning to cage-free egg production:
Cage-Free Systems – Laying Hens: A one-page summary highlighting the key points for ensuring cage-free systems are ‘fit for purpose’ and ‘fit for future’
Higher welfare systems for laying hens – practical options: A comprehensive guide to cage-free systems
Additional Guidance for Multi-tier Systems: Part of our ‘Fit for Purpose, Fit for Future’ series of resources.
Compassion’s opinion on Combination (‘Combi’) Housing for laying hens: A summary of why combination systems are not a suitable option for cage-free housing
Laying Hens Standards Matrix: A table showing how different assurance schemes compare to Compassion’s criteria for higher welfare
Video case study about the Kipster higher welfare barn system
Seleggt In-ovo Sexing, winner of our Best Innovation Award 2017
Read more about our Good Egg Awards here.