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Another Charlotte firm expands cage-free policy to include liquid eggs

TrustHouse Services Group said Monday that it will switch all 1 million pounds of its yearly liquid egg usage – about 10 million eggs – to cage-free by 2020.
TrustHouse Services Group said Monday that it will switch all 1 million pounds of its yearly liquid egg usage – about 10 million eggs – to cage-free by 2020. ckellner@newsobserver.com

Another Charlotte-based food services company has announced it’s expanding its cage-free egg policy.

TrustHouse Services Group said Monday that after working with the Humane Society of the United States, it will switch all 1 million pounds of its yearly liquid egg usage – about 10 million eggs – to cage-free by 2020.

A handful of other food services companies recently announced similar cage-free actions, including Aramark, Sodexo and most recently, Charlotte-based Compass Group USA.

“American consumers clearly oppose the idea of confining a chicken in a cage so small they can barely move their entire life,” said Mark Fortino, TrustHouse’s vice president of operations, in a statement. “Eliminating battery cages within our supply chain is the right thing to do for the animals, family farmers, our company and our clients.”

TrustHouse also previously switched all 3 million of its annual usage of whole eggs to cage-free and said it would eliminate the use of confining pigs to crates in its supply chain by 2017.

The company is the sixth-largest food service business in the U.S., operating 675 dining locations across 45 states, primarily in the health care, education and corrections sectors. TrustHouse is the parent company to several regional food service providers.

In 2013, the company was sold to Parisian catering company Elior SCA.

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