The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has raised “concerns” over the recent confirmation from the Aldi supermarket group that it plans to move away from selling caged hen eggs in UK outlets.
Noting that the retail group is “suggesting that this phase-out commences in 2025”, NFU also drew attention to Aldi Australia’s recent announcement of a similar caged egg move.
“The NFU understands from Aldi UK and Australia that this is a reaction to changing customer demand,” said the union, adding that it welcomed the supermarket group’s commitment to consult with suppliers on how they deliver this ambition.
“We will be continuing discussions with the retailer on this,” said the union. “Poultry farmers invested £400 million in the transition to enriched cages for laying hens in 2012 and the NFU is keen that this recent investment and UK producers’ continuing dedication to animal welfare are not overlooked.”