- Market leaders McDonald’s and Walmart report cage-free egg progress for the first time. Their combined egg footprint is over 10 billion eggs, impacting millions of laying hens.
- The egg footprints of companies covered by EggTrack represent approximately 79% of the projected future cage-free market. According to the USDA, 20.5% of the US laying hen flock is now cage-free (up from 9.8% in 2016). 51 companies out of 128 (40%) reported this year, up from 27 out of 100 (27%) companies last year.
- 15 companies—Darden Restaurants, Dine Brands Global, General Mills, Hilton, Marriott International, Mars, McDonald's, Nestle, PepsiCo, Sam's Club, Sprouts Farmers Market, Sysco, TGI Fridays, The Cheesecake Factory, and Walmart—that did not report progress for the 2017 and 2018 EggTrack reports, reported progress for the first time this year.
- 11 companies—B.GOOD, Blue Apron, Danone, Farmer Boys, Gelson's Markets, IKEA, Mollie Stone's Markets, Nordstrom, SeaWorld, Spectra, Whitson’s Culinary Group—are new to EggTrack this year and reported progress.
- 1 company for which progress was included in the 2018 report—Ruby Tuesday—dropped off this year because their commitment and progress are no longer publicly available.
- 2 companies—Earth Fare (2005) and Hy-Vee Market Grille (2016) have failed to publicly report whether they have met their commitment deadlines.
- The Walt Disney Company failed to report ahead of the July 31st deadline but did report achieving 100% liquid and shell egg sourcing in September 2019. We will include this progress in the 2020 EggTrack Report.
Importantly, 77 (60%) of the companies included in EggTrack 2019 have not reported progress. A full list of the companies who have not reported cage-free egg progress despite making commitments with looming deadlines can be found here.
With states like Massachusetts, California, Oregon, and Washington recently passing legislation to ban the sale of eggs from caged hens, EggTrack becomes even more important to ensure a 100% cage-free future.
Please see the full 2019 EggTrack Report for more details including a foreword by Barilla, our methodology, a market analysis, and an overview of recent state legislation banning the production and sale of eggs from caged hens. For further information, visit our Resources and About pages.
This year’s EggTrack also saw more detailed reporting, with companies like Aramark, PepsiCo, Sprouts Farmers Market and others clearly breaking out progress by each egg type (shell, liquid, and/or ingredient) relevant to their supply chain. However, there remains an overall need for companies to clarify the scope of their commitments and reporting. Most pressingly, clarity is needed from many companies on the egg categories to which their commitment applies (i.e. shell, liquid and/or ingredient eggs) and, consequently, reporting should specify the proportion of cage-free eggs purchased for each relevant category as well. Many commitments do not make it clear which egg product categories apply, most notably in pledges from several retailers. We encourage companies to be fully transparent on their progress towards 100% cage-free for all types of eggs used by their business, as well as on the target date for each egg type.
Equally important is investment into the right cage-free systems. Now is the time for industry to ensure that the next wave of production systems truly meet the needs of the laying hens, producers, and consumers alike. This means choosing systems that are both fit for purpose, delivering a good quality of life for the hens, and fit for the future, so that they stand the test of time against rising consumer expectations. For example, investment into combination systems or limited-entry systems, which allow for temporary or permanent confinement and can seriously compromise hen welfare, are not a strategic long-term investment.
As various stakeholders continue to monitor the delivery and management of animal welfare commitments, EggTrack will continue to identify industry leaders, as well as those lagging behind in transparently reporting their progress. As the market continues to make this shift, and as the demand for transparency continues to increase, we encourage companies to integrate annual progress reporting into their broader reporting procedures and disclose this information for all farm animal welfare commitments relevant to their business. We will continue to follow up with the non-reporting companies, as well as those reporting, to ensure we reach a 100% cage-free future and eliminate one of the worst factory farm practices. Companies interested in doing this work may reach out to our Food Business team for more information. We look forward to continuing to work together to improve the lives of millions of laying hens.