Albertsons Cos. plans to stock only cage-free eggs in its stores by 2025.
The Boise-based grocery chain said Tuesday that its plans are “based on available supply.”
Albertsons is the second-largest supermarket company in the U.S., with more than 2,200 stores under several banners, including Safeway. It sells more eggs than any other company, according to the The Humane Society of the United States, which lauded the announcement.
A spokesman for Albertsons said he could not say whether the company sells the most eggs of any retailer.
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The decision to sell eggs from chickens that are not kept in cages is a response to consumer demand and part of the company’s “commitment to animal welfare,” the Albertsons announcement said.
“Consumers have responded positively to the expanded choices in the egg aisle,” Albertsons said. “The company has worked over several years to significantly expand the varieties of eggs, including organic, free-range and cage-free as store offerings have kept pace with what customers are looking for on the shelves.”