Currently a third of eggs used by Kraft Heinz are cage free © 123RF
Currently a third of eggs used by Kraft Heinz are cage free © 123RF

Kraft Heinz pledges to use only cage-free eggs

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
7 December 2017

Kraft Heinz has announced a target to use only cage-free eggs in all its operations by 2025.

Currently a third of the company’s eggs are cage-free, defined as an environment where hens can “walk, nest and engage in other behaviours in an open area”.

In Europe all eggs are already “enriched housing” or free range, and there is a goal to achieve 100% free range by 2020.

In its inaugural corporate social responsibility report, Kraft Heinz also pledged to establish “responsible farm-to-market ingredient and material sourcing policies”. It said it achieved the sourcing of 100% certified sustainable palm oil in August this year, with 90% traceable to the mill, and it has promised to end the use of fish aggregating devices in tuna fishing in Australia, which are linked to the death of other species.

The company will also cut greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, water use and waste to landfill by 15% by 2020. So far it has reduced emissions by 5.1% and waste by 9.5%.

Kraft Heinz, the fifth biggest food company in the world, has also reduced salt and sugar across its range and reformulated Mac & Cheese and Oscar Mayer hot dogs, two key products in the US market, to remove artificial flavours, dyes and preservatives.

Bernardo Hees, chief executive officer at Kraft Heinz, said the company “began our CSR journey back in 2015”.

“We’re focused on addressing the most critical environmental and societal challenges affecting our industry and global communities and finding ways to drive meaningful change, today and in the future,” he said.

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