Good Egg Award
Since 2007, the Good Egg Award has celebrated companies that use or have committed to use only cage-free eggs or egg products in their supply chain. To date, more than 30 million laying hens are set to benefit each year from our award winners’ policies.
It takes more than 6 billion hens to produce the eggs required for the global egg market, with over 60% of hens kept in industrialised caged systems. There are over 325 million laying hens kept for egg production in the EU each year, and around 35 million in the UK. Eggs are sold either in their shells or are used by restaurants and food manufacturers in a wide range of processed products from soups and sauces to ready meals, cakes, biscuits and desserts.
Minimum conditions for the protection of laying hens are set out in the EU Directive (Council Directive 1999/74/EC), which banned the use of the barren battery cage as of 1st January 2012. Some member states are still not fully compliant with the legislation and we urge all food businesses to check their supply chains to ensure eggs and especially egg products are not from hens in barren battery cage systems. Whilst the barren battery cage ban signifies a huge step for hen welfare, enriched cages, which are still confinement systems and limit behavioural expression, are legal.
Over 40% of hens in the UK are in enriched cages compared to the EU which has a far higher number, and almost all hens in the USA are in barren battery cages. Hens start laying regularly at around 18-20 weeks of age and commercially they lay for just over a year before being sent for slaughter; for caged hens, most of their life is therefore spent in confinement.
The awards programme works by recognising and rewarding producers, manufacturers, food service companies, retailers and public bodies for working in a sustainable and responsible way. We build upon what we have learnt from developing voluntary standards with some of the leading food companies in the world and helping them to be leaders of the growing movement for sustainable and ethical food.
Compassion awards companies whose supply chains address the confinement of laying hens, by using barn, free range or organic production systems.
2013 award winner highlights
Gü's founder came up with the idea for a top-notch chocolate pudding brand when he was working in Belgium and fell in love with the local patisseries and their chocolate. Today it’s estimated that a Gü pud is eaten somewhere in the world every 2 seconds. Gü Puds, which are now part of Noble Foods received a Good Egg Award for their commitment to using only free-range eggs by 2014.
Iglo Foods Group
Iglo Foods Group is a market leading frozen foods business in Europe, both in terms of sales and brand recognition. Brands include Bird’s Eye and Findus (in Italy) and they produce, market and distribute products in 11 countries. Iglo were awarded a global Good Egg Award for being cage-free across all their products since January 2013.
Kaufland is a leading German retailer with over 1,000 supermarkets in Germany and Eastern Europe. The supermarket chain has a significant commitment to farm animal welfare and already won a Good Egg Award in 2010 due to its decision to sell only cage-free eggs. They have won a further Good Egg Award this year for using only cage-free eggs in all of their in-store cafeterias and staff restaurants.
Globus SB Warenhaus Holding GmbH & Co.KG (Globus) has evolved over the years into one of the leading trading companies in Germany. They are one of the few large, independent family-owned groups in German retail. Having received a Good Egg Award from Compassion in 2009 for going cage-free on their whole eggs, Globus was again recognised this year for their commitment to go cage-free in their own-label products and bakeries. They also received a Good Chicken Award at this year’s awards, the first retailer in Germany to do so for their commitment to source higher welfare chicken.
Leading city centre supermarket chain, Monoprix is present in 200 cities in France, with over 450 stores. As part of its sustainable and ethical purchasing policy, Monoprix has taken the decision to sell only free-range eggs under its own brand label. Monoprix is the very first retailer in France to have taken such a decision and as such was the first to be awarded with a Good Egg Commendation by Compassion. (NB: Supermarket retailers are eligible for a ‘Commendation Award’ if they satisfy the awards criteria on their own-label shell eggs.)
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