Taco Bell will serve only cage-free eggs starting 2016

Taco Bell is eyeing to become the first prominent quick-service chain in US to instate an exclusive cage-free eggs policy in its 6,000 domestic units. The company will start the cage-free eggs only policy by 2016, much earlier than if competitors, National Restaurant News reported quoting company executives.

The company located in Irvine, California likewise announced its decision to avoid using artificial colors and flavors from their central menu items by the start of 2016.

The chain is additionally discarding trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup and unsustainable palm oil. Outlets in the U.S. and Canada will present aspartame-free diet Pepsi stuffs, the organization said.

Liz Matthews, Taco Bell Corp. chief food innovation officer said the move is an aftereffect of listening to clients who are requesting more transparency. “That is the reason we stay hungry and move ourselves to set yearning yet achievable duties that improve our foods, while never trading off the flavor that our fans long for,” she said.

The move to serve fully cage free eggs within a year is generally lightning pace for a major chain, she included.  Josh Balk, senior food policy director for The Humane Society of the United States, concurred, saying Taco Bell’s declaration is an achievement for the business.

“It’s a major ordeal,” he said. “They are showing that significant egg users can do the change to only enclosure free eggs in a short measure of time, and they deserve a huge amount of credit for making this dedication.”

McDonald’s Corp. recently said it would change to cage free eggs in its 16,000 units in the U.S. and Canada before 2025, however authorities have implied it might happen sooner. The Illinois based company buys more than 2 billion eggs yearly. Since 2013, 13 million of those yearly have been cage-free, the organization said.

Panera Bread is progressing in the direction of an objective of offering just cage free eggs in domestic units by 2020. Burger King was the first popular store to report a move toward enclosure free eggs in 2012. The chain has the objective of going cage-free by 2017.

Starbucks is gunning for 2020, and Dunkin’ Donuts has set the objective of being 10-percent cage free before the end of 2016.