As part of continuous efforts to improve sustainability in its supply chain, The Kraft Heinz Co., Pittsburgh, Pa., announced plans to transition to using 100% cage-free eggs in all North American operations by 2025.

“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,” says Michael Mullen, senior vice president of corporate and government affairs. “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 sources eggs in North America primarily for use within its sauces portfolio, and defines cage-free eggs as those laid by hens allowed to walk, nest and engage in other behaviors in an open area.

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