Nestlé said the plan includes all the directly sourced shell eggs and egg products, such as whole egg powder and liquid, egg white powder and liquid.
“In Europe and the US, we will make this transition by the end of 2020,” the company said. “In some parts of the world, such as Europe, over 40% of our eggs are already from cage-free sources.”
Improving welfare for animals
Nestlé said its purpose is to “enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future ... This includes ensuring decent welfare standards for animals that are reared for the ingredients used in our products."
However, Nestlé acknowledged the challenges of sourcing 100% cage-free eggs in certain regions.
“Switching to cage-free supplies worldwide requires time and investment. We will manage this in a sustainable and cost-effective way during the implementation period, ensuring consumers continue to access affordable high quality foods," it said.