The discount supermarket, Aldi, has announced it will “begin” the phasing out of the sale of shell eggs from caged hens in its UK stores from 2025.
The company has also said that the move will be handled “collaboratively with suppliers” to minimise the impact on businesses.
“Aldi currently provides customers with a range of shell eggs, all of which are sourced from the UK and certified to meet British Lion Standards,” said Aldi UK’s corporate managing director, Oliver King.
“We know that animal welfare is an important consideration for our customers and we are committed to continuously improving sourcing practices across our supply chain.
“As a result we have committed that from 2025 we will begin phasing out the sale of shell eggs from caged hens in our UK stores.
“Meaningful commitments such as these take time to plan and implement. This timeframe ensures that we can continue to work collaboratively with suppliers to minimise the impact on their business.”
Aldi is currently the UK’s sixth largest supermarket with over 620 stores, 28,000 employees and annual sales of over £7 billion. The company has more than doubled its market share since 2010 and is continuing to maintain a growth trend. In the 12 weeks ended April 24, 2016, for example, data from Kantar Worldpanel showed Aldi’s sales growing by 12.5% to reach a 6% share of the UK market.