Animal welfare is a topic that we care about greatly and we share the concerns raised about the well-being of egg-laying hens.
Ahold Delhaize brands are making significant progress in their commitment to phase out the sale of shell-eggs from hens housed in cages.
In recent years our brands in the U.S. and Europe have made the following commitments in their push to move toward a 100% “cage-free” assortment:
- Ahold USA brands, including Stop & Shop, Giant/Martin’s, Giant and Peapod, have each committed to make their own brand egg assortment 100% cage free by 2022, with the goal to be cage-free overall by that year;
- Delhaize America brands, including Food Lion and Hannaford, have each also committed to work with suppliers to reach a 100% “cage-free” assortment by 2025;
- European brands Albert Heijn and Delhaize Belgium are already 100% cage-free for their own brand and national brand eggs. In addition all other European Ahold Delhaize brands have committed to being 100% cage-free for own brand and national brand eggs by 2025.
Own brands account for the majority of shell eggs that Ahold Delhaize businesses sell. In the USA, the Ahold Delhaize brands will work to be 100% cage-free overall within the time-frames mentioned based on available supply, affordability and customer demand. European brands Mega Image, Albert, Alfa Beta and Delhaize Serbia now each also have committed to work with suppliers to reach a 100% “cage-free” shell egg assortment by 2025.
We believe the existing and new commitments are the best way to persuade the egg-industry to quickly start making the significant investments needed to go “cage-free”. Our brands will remain in a continuous dialogue with the industry to improve the well-being of hens and make production more sustainable.