Bidfood Australia has today announced it will eliminate caged eggs from its supply chain by 2025 commencing with the removal of caged eggs from its own brand range by 2023.
As the country’s leading wholesale foodservice distributor, Bidfood Australia supplies over 115 million eggs to the foodservice industry each year including restaurants, cafes, hospitals, hotels and schools.
Animals Australia has applauded Bidfood’s announcement saying “Bidfood’s commitment means that around 380,000 hens will be freed from battery cages. With some 11 million hens still confined to cages in Australia, their commitment is a major step towards freeing hens from a life of confinement.”
Bidfood Australia CEO, Rachel Ruggiero says “While many consumers choose to buy cage free eggs at supermarkets, it is important that they are also able to have confidence that the eggs being served when they dine out are also cage free. Bidfood is the first major Australian foodservice distributer to make a commitment to go cage free and we now call upon other foodservice distributors, which are continuing to supply cage eggs, to follow Bidfood’s leadership.”
“We will be working closely with suppliers and customers over the coming years to reach our outcome of supplying 100% cage free eggs by 2025.”
Animals Australia CEO, Glenys Oojes has applauded Bidfood’s commitment to cage free. “Animals Australia has been working closely with Bidfood over the past year to reach this outcome. With around 60% of eggs produced in Australia being used in the foodservice sector, Bidfood’s commitment is a huge positive for animal welfare,” says Glenys.
“Bidfood’s decision, and similar commitments by many of the food industry’s largest companies, sends a strong signal to the egg industry and State Governments that it’s time battery cages were relegated to history.”