BJ’s Wholesale Club to Source 100% Cage-Free Eggs by 2022
The Humane League applauds retail leader’s commitment
WESTBOROUGH, Mass., February 9, 2016 -- BJ’s Wholesale Club announces today that the company will transition its entire supply of whole, shell eggs from cage-free farms sold at its more than 210 warehouses by 2022. Additionally, BJ’s plans to source its pre-cracked, liquid eggs from cage-free farms by 2025.
“As a large-volume buyer of proteins and animal products, it is BJ’s responsibility to ensure a high standard of welfare for animals in our supply chain,” said Scott Williams, assistant vice president of quality assurance and environmental stewardship for BJ’s Wholesale Club.
In cage-free egg production, hens are not confined to cages and can interact with flock mates within a large enclosed barn. The hens are able to engage in important natural behaviors, such as walking, dust bathing, perching, and laying their eggs in nests. This is a meaningful improvement over caged systems, where hens are not even able to fully spread their wings.
“BJ’s and our Members are growing more concerned about where our food is coming from, how it is grown, and the welfare of the animals and people that are involved in the supply chain,” said Rob Johnson, dairy buyer for BJ’s Wholesale Club. “Transitioning to cage-free eggs will meet the demands of our Members in providing more farm fresh, healthier options while also reducing animal suffering.”
BJ’s Wellsley Farms label and other leading brands will convert to cage-free eggs. BJ’s currently carries Pete and Gerry’s Cage Free Organic Liquid Egg Whites in a convenient, reclosable two pack of 16 oz. cartons.
“BJ’s Wholesale Club is showing leadership on animal welfare and is paving the way for retailers on this important issue,” said Aaron Ross, director of campaigns at The Humane League. “We applaud BJ’s commitment to progress for farmed animals.”
For more information about how to reduce animal suffering, visit http://www.thehumaneleague.com.
About the Humane League
Since its founding in 2005, The Humane League has applied a grassroots-focused and results-driven approach to work with the food industry to end the caging of hens in the egg industry worldwide. One of the leading national farmed animal protection nonprofits, 2015 saw The Humane League securing commitments to eliminate cages from the supply chains of major foodservice providers, restaurants, food manufacturers, hospitality leaders, and other major companies.
The Humane League’s campaigns are funded through generous donations by its worldwide network of supporters and has been named Top Charity by Animal Charity Evaluators 4 years in a row. To learn more visit thehumaneleague.com.