Consumers and food companies have realized this fact, and demand for eggs from cage-free hens has risen sharply. Early adopters include Target, Kroger, Albertsons and Whole Foods.
Walmart, on the other hand, is late to the game. The retail giant pledged to move to a 100 percent cage-free egg stock by 2025. That’s nine years to accomplish something many of its competitors have already achieved.
So, why the delay? Consumerist explains:
The reason for the timetable of almost a decade is that farms supplying millions of eggs can’t just pull out all of their cages overnight. Not only do retailers have long-term supply contracts in place, but the suppliers also need to invest time and money in changing their barns to cage-free hen housing.