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Ikea Canada to serve up only cage-free eggs

Furniture store joins growing push to source eggs from cage-free suppliers


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PHOTO: Anders Lageras, via Wikimedia Commons

Ikea operates restaurants at most of its Canadian locations. PHOTO: Anders Lageras, via Wikimedia Commons

BURLINGTON, Ont.—Ikea Canada will become the latest egg-slinger to source its eggs from farms using only cage-free enclosures.

The furniture manufacturer, which operates low-cost cafeterias at most of its locations across Canada, said it will make the change by Nov. 2, joining a host of other restaurants that have already overhauled—or committed to overhauling—their supply chains.

“We trust this latest transition to offering cage-free eggs in all our restaurants will be meaningful to our customers while influencing the advance of animal welfare,” Danielle Beauchesne, food manager for Ikea’s Canadian operations, said.

Last year, McDonald’s committed to phasing in cage-free eggs by 2025, while Tim Hortons took the same 2025 cage-free pledge this February.

With changing consumer and business attitudes toward how hens are housed, Eggs Farmers of Canada has pledged to support the shift. The industry organization representing some 1,000 egg farmers plans to transition to 85 per cent cage-free production within 15 years and entirely cage-free production by 2036.

The shift is no small task—as of earlier this year, about 90 per cent of Canadian farms use conventional housing.


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