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:
- Busch Stadium – St. Louis Cardinals
- Comerica Park – Detroit Tigers
- Great American Ball Park – Cincinnati Reds
- Miller Park – Milwaukee Brewers
- Oriole Park at Camden Yards – Baltimore Orioles
- PETCO Park – San Diego Padres
- Progressive Field – Cleveland Indians
- Globe Life Park in Arlington – Texas Rangers
- Target Field – Minnesota Twins
- U.S. Cellular Field – Chicago White Sox
- Bank of America Stadium – Carolina Panthers
- CenturyLink Field - Seattle Seahawks
- Edward Jones Dome – St. Louis Rams
- Lambeau Field - Green Bay Packers
- MetLife Stadium – New York Jets/New York Giants Football
- Ralph Wilson Stadium – Buffalo Bills
- Soldier Field – Chicago Bears
- TD Garden – Boston Bruins
- Bridgestone Arena – Nashville Predators
- First Niagara Center – Buffalo Sabres
- Nationwide Arena – Columbus Blue Jackets
- Rexall Place Arena – Edmonton Oilers
- Amalie Arena – Tampa Bay Lightning
- TD Garden - Boston Celtics
- Target Center - Minnesota Timberwolves
It's worth noting - two of the stadiums that are missing from the above list belong to the two teams battling it out in the World Series starting Tuesday night: the San Francisco Giants' AT&T; Park and the Kansas City Royals' Kauffman Stadium.
The move comes after discussions with the animal welfare organization The Humane League. The group's Executive Director, David Coman-Hidy, said that the move will impact the lives of tens of thousands of animals.
"The elimination of cruel practices like battery-cages has become increasingly important to consumers," he added. "Its heartening to see companies like Delaware North align their practices with consumer demands."
The Humane League is now pressuring Starbucks to do the same thing. See this page for more information on the campaign and to urge Starbucks to go cage-free.