Eggs from free-range hens
Carrefour is engaged in a wide-ranging global transformation project, working alongside its suppliers, in order to guarantee that all the eggs it sells under its own brands are produced by hens reared using non-cage methods by 2025. In the various countries in which it operates, Carrefour has also committed to working with its suppliers on extending this initiative to all of its eggs.
In Europe, this commitment now applies to eggs sold in Spain and Romania, and will be in addition to targets set for France, Italy, Poland and Belgium.
In France, Carrefour has declared that it will stop getting supplies of own-brand eggs from cage-reared hens by 2020. Currently, 76% of the eggs that we sell under our own brand are produced by hens reared using non-cage methods. Carrefour will support its suppliers and customers to extend this initiative to all eggs, so that by 2025, all of the eggs it sells are produced using non-cage farming systems. Carrefour has also decided to make changes to the recipes it uses to make its products: by 2025, all eggs and egg-based products used as ingredients in products sold under its own brands will also be produced using non-cage methods. And the retailer Promocash will also stop selling eggs and egg-based products produced by hens reared in cages by 2025 in all of its stores in France.
In Italy and Belgium, all Carrefour-brand eggs are already produced by hens reared outdoors or in the open. In Belgium, preference is given to free-range hens. As of 1 March 2017, Carrefour Italy no longer sells eggs produced by battery-farm hens in any of its consolidated stores. In its other franchised stores – which are already supplied exclusively with eggs produced by hens free to roam out in the open – awareness-raising initiatives are under way to ensure that all purchases are in compliance with sustainability requirements.
In 2018, Carrefour extended its commitment to two new countries, giving it an international dimension: Taiwan and Brazil.
In Taiwan starting in 2019, Carrefour will sell eggs produced by hens reared using non-cage methods under its own brand, and in 2020, it will sell free-range eggs under its Carrefour Quality Line brand. Carrefour will then support its suppliers and customers to extend this initiative to all eggs, so that by 2025, all of the eggs it sells are produced using non-cage farming systems.
In Brazil, Carrefour Brazil has committed to no longer selling eggs produced by cage-reared hens for all of its own-brand products by 2025, and for all of the eggs that it sells in its stores by 2028.
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