Nestlé announced that it has set a goal to use only cage-free eggs for all of its food products globally by 2025.
The company says that it will make the transition in Europe and the US by the end of 2020, however, the goal is later for its markets in the rest of the Americas, the Middle East, Africa, Oceania and Asia.
In Europe, over 40% of the eggs for Nestlé products and ingredients already come from cage-free sources, but the group says that the change may be more challenging in other regions.
Nestlé says that its purpose is 'to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future', which includes animal welfare standards.
The company notes that switching to cage-free supplies worldwide will require time and investment, but says that it will manage the transition in a 'sustainable and cost effective way', ensuring that consumers continue to have access to affordable foods.
Last year, Mondelez International, which produces brands such as Cadbury and Oreo, set out a similar goal.
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