Eggs and egg derivatives are used as ingredients in a range of our chocolate and biscuit brands as well as in our Miracle Whip dressing in Europe.
We recognize concerns for the welfare of laying hens and we’ve taken a number of steps to switch to cage-free supplies.
We strive for all of our global egg supply to be cage-free by 2025 with the exception of Russia and Ukraine due to current situation (dates to be determined). By the end of 2020, our entire egg supply for U.S. and Canada was cage free. We aim to achieve this goal while continuing to maintain food safety and quality standards.
In 2021, Mondelēz International, building on our goal for cage-free hen eggs, was among a number of food companies that issued a letter to the EU Commission and Members of the EU Parliament calling for a phase out of the use of cages in animal farming - starting with laying hens – and requesting a revision of animal welfare legislation to include the banning of the use of cages in animal farming across the EU.
We look forward to continued work with our relevant stakeholders including suppliers, and NGOs to help drive progress towards our global cage-free goal.
We want all eggs ultimately to be produced cage-free. Recognizing our limited influence in the market for egg products, we’ll maintain a dialogue with suppliers and stakeholders to encourage the availability of viable cage-free supplies. We are encouraged by reports that major egg buyers have started the transition to cage-free. We hope this will lead to a general transformation in the market, so that cage-free eggs become the mainstream option. We are pleased to lend our support.
This move follows years of progress, including improving the welfare of laying hens in the supply chain. For example, in 2008, our Cadbury Crème Egg brand committed to use only free-range eggs and received a Good Egg Award from Compassion in World Farming.
We report progress towards our goals annually in our ESG Snacking Made Right Report.