Today, Compassion has launched its very first GLOBAL EggTrack report which shows that, despite the impacts of COVID-19, companies are continuing to make progress towards meeting their 2025 cage-free egg commitments (2026 for some businesses in the US).
According to the 2020 report - the first to expand beyond the US and Europe to include global company commitments - 63% of the 210 companies tracked had made progress towards their commitments.
In addition, since 2016, the number of companies with GLOBAL cage-free commitments has grown from five to at least 37 including global giants like Unilever, Nestlé and Compass Group.
The findings reveal that the increase in demand for cage-free eggs is growing globally and is no longer limited to European and North American markets. Yet at the same time, a significant number of multinational companies have made cage-free commitments in some regions but are yet to extend those commitments across their entire global supply chains.
- Of the 101 companies with European commitments (as part of a global or regional commitment), over 80% reported progress.
- 19 companies reported meeting European commitments this past year, including Unilever, Caffè Nero and Groupe Holder.
- 15 companies reported European progress for the first time in 2020, including leading French egg producer Groupe d’Avril.
- Aramark, Sodexo and Compass Group reported global progress across all egg types; shell, liquid and processed.
- McDonald’s are reporting 100% cage-free shell eggs in Europe, and although they have achieved cage-free status on both shell eggs and egg product/ingredients in four European countries (UK, Germany, France, Netherlands), they do not yet have a global cage-free commitment.
- Barilla is the ONLY company to have met a global cage-free commitment, which it did in 2019.
- Greggs, Starbucks and Aldi Nord are nearing completion of their European cage-free commitments.
- Morrisons (UK) met their shell egg commitment this year ahead of their 2022 deadline
- Tesco and Aldi UK added a 2025 cage-free commitment for egg products/ingredients this year.