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Fresh Market to transition to all cage-free eggs by 2020

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Fresh Market exterior The Charlotte Observer

Keeping step with other area grocers, Fresh Market said this week it will transition to a supply of 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2020.

The Greensboro-based grocery chain said all its private brand eggs are already cage-free, and that 86 percent of its total current offering is sourced from cage-free hens.

“Our customers have responded positively to the increasing number of cage-free, pasture-raised, and organic options in our shell egg offering,” Pamela Kohn, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for Fresh Market, said in a statement.

Last week, the parent companies of Matthews-based Harris Teeter and Salisbury-based Food Lion also said they were transitioning to 100 percent cage-free egg supplies by 2025.

Other non-grocers are going cage-free, too: McDonald’s, for example, said in September it would transition to cage-free eggs over the next decade. And Charlotte-based food service company Compass, which has had a cage-free policy since 2007, said last March it was extending that policy to include liquid eggs.

Fresh Market operates six stores in the greater Charlotte area. The supermarket’s management said in October it was considering a sale of the company, and Reuters reported in February Cincinnati-based Kroger, which owns Harris Teeter, wants to buy it.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta