Awareness of food and its origins has become increasingly important to consumers over the last decade due to concerns about animal welfare, human health, and the environment. As the demand for higher welfare, and more sustainable food choices have increased, the humane treatment of farm animals is something that companies are increasingly investing in, and we have witnessed a rise in companies both committing and transitioning to cage-free egg production.
Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) launched EggTrack seven years ago to monitor the progress companies are making towards their cage-free egg commitments, encouraging transparency and market transition.
Making a cage-free commitment is the first and most important step, but the real impact for laying hens comes when companies progress and meet those commitments. By tracking company progress year on year, EggTrack identifies leaders and laggards, encourages, and reinforces transparency, and serves as a platform for deeper engagement with Compassion’s Food Business team.
Initially the scope of recording cage-free commitments was confined to the US and Europe, but in 2022, we also included commitments and subsequent reporting in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. We will be looking to extend EggTrack to Canada and South America in future iterations.