GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – SpartanNash, a leading retailer and foodservice distributor serving United States military commissaries, announced plans to transition to selling 100-percent cage-free eggs at its 160 grocery retail stores by 2025 or sooner.
The company currently offers cage-free eggs in all of its 160 retail stores under the Full Circle, Green Meadows or Eggland’s Best brands. SpartanNash has been selling certified organic eggs, which the company says are cage-free, for more than 10 years.
“SpartanNash recognizes that farming practices evolve based on new information, technologies, agricultural advancements and consumer preferences,” Larry Pierce, executive vice president, Merchandising and Marketing, said in a statement. “Consequently, we rely on industry, agricultural and veterinary experts to stay abreast of scientific developments. Such experts have told us that it will take years to modify facilities to ensure an adequate supply of safe, sustainable cage-free eggs. For this reason, our buyers are working closely with our suppliers to ensure we have access to a number of cage-free egg brands for our retail store customers.”
SpartanNash said cage-free eggs include eggs labeled with any of the following: cage free, free range, USDA or Quality Assurance International Certified Organic or pasture raised.
Read MEAT+POULTRY’s feature story on the cage-free movement in the April issue, here: