New Zealand supermarkets to stop selling caged eggs by 2027

  • 22/02/2018
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New Zealand supermarkets will be free of caged eggs from 2027, after the announcement that FreshChoice and SuperValue will stop selling the eggs by 2025.

Parent company Countdown also plans to phase out caged eggs by the end of 2025 and competitor Foodstuffs, which owns New World and Pak N Save, will be be cage-free by 2027.

Egg producers are required to remove traditional battery cages by 2022, but many are moving towards colony cages that animal rights campaigners say are still cruel.

Animal rights group SAFE says the move away from caged eggs is a victory for the hens producing them.

"We are at a pivotal moment in history," said SAFE campaigns director Mandy Carter.

"Now all the major supermarkets have decided to go cage-egg-free, the market for such cruel products is decreasing to the point that the egg industry will be rethinking any decision to build new colony cages."