Chicken & Egg Issue 14 - page 9

Chicken & Egg. Welfare and Food Together.
Back on home soil and over to supermarkets. We interviewed Aldi in Chicken
& Egg magazine last year who told us they would listen to consumers on
welfare and we invited BHWT supporters to write to Aldi asking them to
switch to selling only free range eggs.
On 27 May, 2016 Aldi announced they would stop sourcing caged eggs from 2025.
Enter Lucy Gavaghan, the 14-year-old schoolgirl, who adopted some ex-commercial hens and
decided to challenge Tesco. Lucy set up a petition through social media and, with help from
BHWT supporters, more than 280,000 signatories pointed out to Tesco that they wanted the
supermarket giant to stop selling eggs from caged hens. Tesco agreed to source
‘cage-free’ eggs from 2025 on 13 July, 2016.
Aldi and Lidl both played a part in speeding up the switch to free range production and
other supermarkets took note because on 25 July Morrisons announced their
‘cage-free’ decision, swiftly followed by Asda (part of US giant, Walmart).
Waitrose, being the front runner in terms of welfare, stopped selling both caged and barn
eggs in 2007 and switched own brand products to free range in 2008. The Co-operative
and Sainsbury’s both offer only ‘cage-free’ shell eggs and eggs used as ingredients in
own brand products.
Supermarkets - The Domino Effect
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