PITTSBURGH & CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of continuous efforts to improve sustainability in its supply chain, The Kraft Heinz Company today announced it will transition to using 100 percent cage-free eggs in all North American operations by 2025.
“Reflecting our mission ‘To Be the Best Food Company, Growing a Better World,’ we’re committed to responsible, sustainable practices extending to every facet of our business,” said Michael Mullen, Senior Vice President of Corporate and Government Affairs, The Kraft Heinz Company. “Making the move to source our eggs exclusively from cage-free hens builds on progress made by both Kraft and Heinz in previous years and reinforces our continuing pursuit of animal welfare improvements throughout our supply chain.”
Kraft Heinz sources eggs in North America primarily for use within its Sauces portfolio including for brands like Miracle Whip, Heinz Mayo and Kraft Salad Dressings. The company defines cage-free eggs as those laid by hens allowed to walk, nest and engage in other behaviors in an open area.
“We appreciate the people at Kraft Heinz working diligently to make this commitment a reality,” said Josh Balk, Senior Food Policy Director for the Humane Society of the United States. “Many animals will have better lives because of it.”
Today’s announcement demonstrates a broader commitment to corporate responsibility for the newly-merged company. “Consumers have growing interest in responsible supply chain practices, and with Kraft Heinz products in over 98 percent of North American households, we’re committed to having an ongoing dialogue on the things that matter most to them,” said Mullen.
ABOUT THE KRAFT HEINZ COMPANY
The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC) is the third-largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands. A globally trusted producer of delicious foods, The Kraft Heinz Company provides high quality, great taste and nutrition for all eating occasions whether at home, in restaurants or on the go. The Company’s iconic brands include Kraft, Heinz, ABC, Capri Sun, Classico, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Ore-Ida, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters, Plasmon, Quero, Weight Watchers Smart Ones and Velveeta. The Kraft Heinz Company is dedicated to the sustainable health of our people, our planet and our Company. For more information, visit www.kraftheinzcompany.com.