Following its commitment last year to go cage-free on all the shell eggs sold in its French supermarkets by 2025 (and by 2020 for its own brand eggs), Carrefour Group has announced that it is extending its cage-free policy to all of its 9,500 supermarkets across Europe.
This commitment is ambitious as it will not only apply in France, Italy and Belgium, but also in Poland, Romania and Spain, countries where caged systems are still vastly predominant.
Carrefour is committing to sell exclusively cage-free shell eggs for its own brand across Europe by 2025, and affirms its ambition to apply the same policy to all other branded eggs sold in its European stores in the same time frame.
The retailer already sells 500 million cage-free own brand eggs today and this move will double that amount to 1 billion cage-free eggs by 2025 - set to benefit the lives of over 1.6 million laying hens each year.
Compassion has been working with Carrefour in Europe for a number of years and welcomes this latest policy commitment and particularly its ambitious scope.
Amélie Legrand, Food Business Manager at CIWF France, comments: “We applaud Carrefour Group for its commitment to ban cages across its European shell egg supply chain. This decision sets an important precedent, especially in countries such as Romania and Spain, where caged egg production remains a prominent issue.
We truly believe this ambitious policy will raise consumer awareness and encourage other retailers in these markets to follow suit – to create a cage-free future for millions more laying hens.”