19 February 2010

Walmart confirms Great Value private label eggs are cage-free

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Walmart, the nation’s largest grocery chain, has confirmed that all of its Great Value private label eggs are cage-free. This announcement has prompted The Humane Society of the United States to withdraw the shareholder resolution it filed in November which called for Walmart to disclose its progress moving toward cage-free eggs.

"By ensuring that all of its private label eggs are cage-free, Walmart is helping the egg industry move away from battery cage confinement of laying hens," said Paul Shapiro, senior director of The HSUS' factory farming campaign. "Walmart's move is a positive one, and we hope its competitors follow suit."

Supermarkets including Harris Teeter, Winn-Dixie, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and Safeway have made moves to increase their sales of cage-free eggs. Burger King, Wendy's, Denny's, Red Robin, Quiznos, Sonic, and Hardee's and Carl's Jr. can be applauded for their use of cage-free eggs.

In other Walmart news, the company recently announced its plans to build a super sustainable refrigerated distribution center in Canada. The 450,000-square foot facility will be about 60% more energy efficient than Walmart’s traditional centers and one of the most energy-efficient facilities of its kind in North America.

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