EggTrack

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FOR PROGRESS AND TRANSPARENCY

Caging hens for the purpose of egg production is widely regarded as one of the worst-of-the-worst factory farming practices. Fortunately, companies and consumers alike are driving the market to shift to 100% cage-free eggs. Through EggTrack, a tool by Compassion in World Farming, we will achieve a cage-free future, together.

 


What is EggTrack?

Virtually all of the top food companies in the US have committed to going 100% cage-free. This means transitioning supply chains to source eggs only from cage-free hens by 2026 or sooner. These animal welfare commitments will impact the lives of millions of egg laying hens across the country.

As an animal protection organization laser-focused on ending factory farming, Compassion in World Farming is here to ensure that these commitments are successfully met—on or ahead of schedule.

That’s why we created EggTrack, a first-of-its-kind tool to track company progress towards their 100% cage-free goals. EggTrack is designed to:

  • Ensure food companies can and will stick to their cage-free egg commitments;
  • Encourage transparency in the marketplace; and
  • Provide assistance to food companies during their transition to a 100% cage-free egg supply.

Foreword by Barilla

“When it comes to eggs and egg products, Barilla Group believes that confinement is a harmful practice for the wellbeing of laying hens and has therefore decided to abandon this farming practice throughout its supply chain by using exclusively cage-free eggs. The journey started in 2012 in Europe and was fully completed in 2019, one year in advance of our initial target of 2020.... We are pleased to introduce the EggTrack report this year, as Barilla is committed to transparently communicating our progress and sharing our journey to meeting higher standards with the wide breadth of stakeholders involved in this work.”

Leonardo Mirone,

Global Purchasing Director, Raw Materials

Barilla Group 

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EggTrack 2019 Report

The 3rd annual EggTrack report reveals more companies are reporting cage-free egg progress than ever before.

Transparency is now the expectation, not the exception.

Fortunately, progress reporting for animal welfare commitments continues to rise as a priority for food companies.

The industry is at a critical moment in the shift to cage-free eggs, as evidenced by these highlights from the 2019 report:

 

  • 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.


Looking Forward

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.

Fund the Tracker

You can keep this tool running by donating to Compassion in World Farming, the organization making sure food businesses can and will stick to their animal welfare commitments through transparent progress reports.

Help fund EggTrack and Compassion’s ongoing work to improve the lives of farm animals!