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Grocery Aisle: Cage-Free Eggs Commitment

Making the Cage-Free Choice

Eggs continue to be an important source of protein for many families. We understand the high standards expected of us regarding food safety and animal welfare and will continue to work to provide our customers with quality products and a variety of choices.

Over the past several years, we have been working with our egg suppliers, industry leaders, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations to better understand the dynamics of converting our shell egg supply to cage-free, while meeting customer demand, remaining affordable, and promoting animal health and safety. While progress has been achieved with increased cage-free egg options, the pace of this industry change has presented challenges. This is due to the higher costs and retail price associated with cage-free eggs and the ability of smaller farms to remain in business while making necessary investments to convert more production to cage-free eggs. Additionally, some states within our operating area exclude cage-free eggs from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC Program).

Presently, over 60% of our egg items are cage-free. However, these cage-free egg items only make up a little more than one-third of our volume. To help increase the demand of cage-free eggs, we continue to partner with egg suppliers to promote our cage-free options in the weekly ad throughout the year. We now offer six store brand cage-free items to help lower retail prices. However, at this time, the majority of our customers continue to purchase conventional eggs, which are typically lower priced than cage-free eggs.

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