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.
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.