Walmart vows to sell only cage-free eggs by 2025

Though the retailer is behind other brands in adopting the practice, The Humane Society applauded its effort.

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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.

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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.

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