NEW YORK, NY. – The US pharmacy chain, Rite Aid, announced its commitment to selling 100% cage-free eggs has accelerated progress toward that goal. The company initially pledged to source cage-free eggs across its 2,289 retail locations by 2025 but shortened that timeline by three years to the end of 2022.
“We commend Rite Aid for expediting its cage-free timeline to reduce the suffering of egg-laying hens in its supply chains,” said Vicky Bond, president of The Humane League. “We’ve seen a trend among socially responsible companies like Rite-Aid to stop sourcing eggs from hens kept in cruel battery cages and to speed up the implementation of their cage-free policies.”
Rite Aid’s accelerated commitment comes on the heels of Walgreens’ and CVS Health’s recent pledge to sell 100% cage-free eggs by year-end 2022.
Rite Aid consulted with The Humane League, a global animal protection nonprofit with a mission to end the abuse of animals raised for food, before making this commitment.
Consumer demand for cage-free eggs continues to grow and over 2,000 companies worldwide have committed to cage free including Nestlé, Aldi, InterContinental Hotels, Sodexo, Kraft Heinz, Compass Group, Shake Shack, Famous Brands, Costa Coffee, Burger King, Dunkin’, Krispy Kreme, Unilever and Barilla.