Compass Group makes it a trifecta.
Today, Compass Group, the world's largest food service company, announced that it will switch all of its liquid eggs to cage-free for the entire US market. The volume of product in play is extraordinary: 300 million liquid eggs. That will move more than one million hens from cages into cage-free environments, once the transition is complete by 2019.
Back in 2007, Compass was the first major food service operator to take a stand against confining chickens in cages when it pledged to source all of its shell eggs - now totaling nearly 100 million eggs a year - from cage-free systems. It later created policies with its pork suppliers to end the lifelong confinement of sows in cages, and launched its "Be A Flexitarian" initiative encouraging its customers to try more plant-based meals.
It's an understatement to say it's been an epic past two weeks for egg-laying chickens. First, Sodexo, the world's second largest food service company, committed to switching all of its 220 million liquid eggs annually to cage-free, on top of its prior commitment to switch to cage-free for the 39 million shell (whole) eggs it uses each year. Then Aramark, the largest US-based food service company, announced that it's switching all of the 200 million eggs it uses every year for its liquid egg products to cage-free, and completing its cage-free switch of the 30 million shell eggs it uses annually by the end of this year.