The Compass Group USA said Monday it’s expanding its cage-free egg policy to include liquid eggs.
With its North American headquarters in Charlotte since 1995, the leading food-service company implemented its cage-free policy in 2007, initially impacting the purchase of 48 million eggs a year.
The company purchases 30 million pounds of liquid eggs a year, and the new policy will move over 1 million hens into cage-free settings every year.
The new policy, the company said, will contribute “to the improvement of farm animal welfare, food safety and sustainability.”
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Animal rights advocates are lauding the move to cage-free by Compass and other leading food-service companies. Both Aramark, the largest U.S.-based food-service company, and Sodexo, the world’s second biggest food service company, also said recently they plan buy all cage-free liquid eggs by 2020.
“With the three largest food service companies eliminating eggs from caged chickens, the total impact is almost a billion eggs a year. That translates into 3.5 million fewer chickens enduring lives locked inside cages,” said the Humane Society of the United States president and CEO Wayne Pacelle, in a blog post.
Compass employs over 500,000 workers worldwide. The company, which is part of U.K.-based Compass Group PLC, generated sales of $13.6 billion in 2014.