SAFE backs Bidfood’s move to cage-free

Bidfood has announced it will only sell cage-free eggs by 2024, a commitment animal rights group SAFE calls a massive victory for hens.

Bidfood provides to over 15,000 customers nationwide, making it the largest supplier of eggs to the hospitality sector. It is second only to supermarkets in the number of eggs it sells. SAFE head of campaigns Marianne Macdonald says Bidfood’s cage-free commitment epitomises how rapidly New Zealand’s egg industry is changing.

“Bidfood’s announcement adds yet another voice to a growing chorus of companies saying no to cage cruelty,” she said. “With all of New Zealand’s major purchasers of eggs turning their back on cage cruelty, the egg farming industry needs to face the fact that cage eggs will soon be a thing of the past.”

Despite the growing trend to move egg production away from cages, some businesses are resisting the change. This includes The Cheesecake Shop, who still use cage eggs in New Zealand, while its Australian stores are already 100 percent free-range.