PITTSBURGH & CHICAGO – Kraft Heinz is the latest company to announce an upcoming change in its egg production processes.

The company said March 1 that it plans to transition into using 100 percent cage-free eggs in all North American operations by 2025 as part of continuous improvements in sustainability.

 “Reflecting our mission ‘To Be the Best Food Company, Growing a Better World,’ we’re committed to responsible, sustainable practices extending to every facet of our business,” said Michael Mullen, senior vice president of corporate and government affairs for The Kraft Heinz Company. “Making the move to source our eggs exclusively from cage-free hens builds on progress made by both Kraft and Heinz in previous years and reinforces our continuing pursuit of animal welfare improvements throughout our supply chain.”

Kraft Heinz uses its eggs in North America primarily for its sauces including the brands like Miracle Whip, Heinz Mayo and Kraft Salad Dressings. The company defines cage-free eggs as those laid by hens allowed to walk, nest and engage in other behaviors in an open area.

“We appreciate the people at Kraft Heinz working diligently to make this commitment a reality,” said Josh Balk, senior food policy director for the humane society of the United States. “Many animals will have better lives because of it.”

“Consumers have growing interest in responsible supply chain practices, and with Kraft Heinz products in over 98 percent of North American households, we’re committed to having an ongoing dialogue on the things that matter most to them,” Mullen said.

Kraft Foods Group and Heinz merged last year, making it the third-largest food and beverage company in North America and fifth-largest in the world.