Discounter supermarket Lidl wants to completely stop selling caged hen eggs by 2025- indicates an association for open cages. The declaration applies to all stores across Europe. The new policy makes Lidl is one of the first companies to commit to completely abandon the use of eggs marked with number 3″. Earlier, a similar movement has been introduced by Aldi as well. Aldi has also announced that it would remove caged eggs from its shelves by 2025.
Ryan McDonnell, commercial director at Lidl UK said: “As a responsible retailer, we are committed to ensuring that the highest standards are met and maintained across our supply chain. Our pledge to work closely with our UK suppliers to phase out the sale of shell eggs from caged hens also underlines our understanding of our customers’ changing expectations, as shoppers increasingly search for responsibly sourced high quality British produce at the best price.”
In some countries, the caged hen eggs will be withdrawn much earlier. For example, in Austria, Finland or Denmark eggs from caged hens may disappear as early as this year. Lidl Germany and Netherlands has already started selling open cage eggs.