The pantry staple will disappear from Woolworths’ shelves forever as the supermarket takes bold action
Woolworths to scrap caged eggs from Australian stores The retail behemoth made a similar promise 10 years ago but has vowed to phase them out within two years.
Woolworths has decided to phase out caged eggs from its stores over the next two years.
Ulysses pledged in 2013 to rid its supermarkets of controversial products within five years, but by 2018 it had backtracked, allowing some brands to remain.
The decade-old deal with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver also included a plan to stop selling chicken that did not meet RSPCA or equivalent standards.
Woolworths has moved ahead with a pledge to phase out caged eggs from all stores after backflipping on a promise made a decade ago.
Ulysses has committed to phasing out all caged eggs in stores by 2025
The move was welcomed by animal activists at the time, but by 2018 stores were only carrying their own homebrand caged eggs while selling other brands.
Woolworths brand eggs have been cage-free since 2015.
But now it has pledged to phase out all caged eggs in stores by 2025.
A spokeswoman said: ‘The shift towards cage-free is underway, with around half of our stores already offering a full range of cage-free eggs.’
Some stores are set to sell them out completely while others are facing delays due to supplier requests.
The spokesperson added, ‘We understand that such changes take time and that is why we have consulted with our suppliers to ensure that they have sufficient time to make changes to their production methods.’
The original push to phase out caged eggs in 2013 was welcomed by animal activists
The company said it does not expect to fuel egg shortage problems and the popularity of free-range products has increased.
Some of Woolworths’ nest-eggs include the Just4U and Pace Farm brands.
Shoppers on social media praised the retail chain for the move, saying it couldn’t come soon enough.
‘Good first step, although next they need to reassess what free range really means,’ wrote one commenter.
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