After pressure from animal welfare advocates, global foodservice and hospitality company Delaware North Companies has announced that they will switch to using only cage-free eggs in their products by 2016. The move is seen as a step in the right direction for the foodservice giant, which supplies nearly half a billion customers every year.
Michael Phillips, Chief Operating Officer for Delaware North Companies sports operations, said in a statement:
"We understand that cage free advocacy groups are currently working with suppliers on the issues of sourcing and supply. Based on these factors, Delaware North commits to making a transition to cage free eggs - shell and liquid - by 2016 based on supply availability."
The switch will trickle down to Delaware North's clients, a short list of which includes the Wisconsin State Fair, Niagara Falls, Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon and the Kennedy Space Center. The company also provides food services and catering for dozens of MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA arenas. In fact, one-third of MLB stadiums in the U.S. will be cage-free as of 2016. Here are the stadiums that will soon serve only cage-free eggs: