The parent company of Bi-Lo said its chain of grocery stores is transitioning to a supply of all cage-free eggs by 2025. Additionally, the company said it is switching all of its private-label eggs to cage-free by 2017.
Like many other grocers in the area switching to cage-free eggs, Southeastern Grocers cites animal welfare as the reason for the move, according to a recent statement from the company.
Cage-free eggs represent less than 5 percent of private label eggs sold, but customers’ demand for them has been steadily rising, the grocer said.
Southeastern Grocers’ plan for making for the switch is one of “the most progressive timelines we have seen from a mainstream grocer,” said David Coman-Hidy, executive director for The Humane League, a nonprofit focused on animal protection.
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Other area grocers are making similar moves with their egg supplies. Last month, Greensboro-based Fresh Market, for example, said it was switching all its eggs to cage-free by 2020. 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.
Southeastern Grocers also owns Winn-Dixie and Harveys. It has stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Bi-Lo is the No. 5 grocer in the Charlotte area by market share.