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NO SURPRISE HERE: COST DRIVES PURCHASING

An abundance of eggs is tightening the screws on the cage-free market. With so many eggs in the marketplace, conventional eggs have become too cheap for many consumers to resist. It’s easy to see why: A dozen cage-free eggs cost as much as $2.99 in the Midwest last week, while a carton of conventional Grade… read more

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CAGE-FREE EGGS

Costco says that it has already made major strides toward a cage-free egg supply: In 2006, only 2% of the eggs it sold were cage-free, now 26% are. Meanwhile, Subway announced this week it’s started its 10-year transition to cage-free eggs.

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CAGE-FREE UPDATE

General Mills will use cage-free eggs by 2025. The Minnesota-based company, whose brands include Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Progresso soups and Yoplait yogurt, initially announced its plans to go cage-free in July, but updated its animal welfare policy Tuesday to establish a 10-year time frame.

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PANERA GOING CAGE-FREE

Within five years, Panera Bread Co. says its U.S. restaurants will stop using eggs from hens confined in cages. Panera said that by 2020, its menu would move to 100 percent cage-free, following other restaurant chains including McDonald’s and Starbucks that have made similar pledges in recent weeks.

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McDONALD’S GOING CAGE-FREE

McDonald’s Corp. plans to stop using eggs from chickens raised in cages in the U.S. and Canada over the next decade. The company has faced pressure from animal-rights advocates to make its supply chain more humane, says the Wall Street Journal.

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DUNKIN’ DONUTS

Dunkin’ Donutsis looking to transition to all cage-free eggs worldwide. Dunkin’ Donuts said Monday that 10% of eggs sourced for breakfast sandwiches in the U.S. will be cage-free by 2016’s end. The company also said it will assess its international supply chain to figure out how feasible that will be.

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NO QUALITY DIFFERENCE

Egg-laying hens raised cage-free exhibit a wider range of natural behaviors than more-confined birds, but cage-free facilities have higher hen-mortality rates and lower air quality, according to industry-backed research published on Wednesday. The study also found no quality differences between cage-free and conventional eggs.

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