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.”
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.