Day-old piglets at Kirby Roenfeld's farm near Mineola, Iowa. Pregnant and nursing sows at Roenfeld's farm live in open stalls — not confined to small crates — so pork he produces is considered “cage-free.” Burger King announced this week that by 2017 all of the eggs and pork the company serves will come from producers who don't confine animals to cages or crates.
- A changing food industry
Among companies using some or all cage-free eggs: Walmart, Costco, Unilever, Kraft Foods and ConAgra Foods. Restaurants include Sonic, Subway, Ruby Tuesday and Red Robin. Burger King became the first hamburger chain to commit to 100 percent cage-free by a deadline, 2017.
Only about 10 percent of all hogs produced now are classified as cage-free, according to the National Pork Board. To increase that percentage and still meet market demand, producers would require more space and need to retrofit facilities or build new. They would spend millions.
Online consumer campaigns can prompt swift and sweeping reaction from the food industry. Starbucks this month, in response to an online petition, said it would replace a red dye made from crushed beetles that it used to color its strawberry-flavored drinks.
Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012 7:30 am
Consumers hungry for transparency from food companies have struck again.
Burger King, the world's second-largest fast-food hamburger chain, announced this week that by 2017 all of the eggs and pork the company serves will come from producers who don't confine animals to cages or crates. It's the first major fast-food burger chain to make a 100 percent commitment.
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