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Hy-Vee's Statement on Cage-Free Eggs

May 12, 2016 | News & Press Releases

As a company with roots deeply planted in the Midwest, we constantly have our finger on the pulse of the issues facing agriculture and consumers in this country. Many of our customers and neighbors are the same ones who carry out the monumental task of feeding the world.

Unfortunately, several organizations and activists have used mainstream media and social media to put pressure on many national and regional retailers to offer only cage-free eggs to their customers, therefore forcing the egg industry to change the way it does business.

We are a company that has always put our customers’ best interests first. We are also located in states that are home to some of the largest egg producers in the United States. Before we act, we always think through how our decisions will impact our customers. It’s important that our customers know the following:

Customer choice is important to Hy-Vee. We strive to offer a wide range of products that cater to our diverse customer base, which has varying dietary preferences and economic circumstances. Today, our egg product selection already includes cage-free eggs as well as other varieties and price ranges.

Animal welfare is important to Hy-Vee. We only do business with suppliers who adhere to U.S. regulations governing animals involved in food production. We take sustainability, animal rights and the environment seriously, which is why Greenpeace has recognized our efforts and ranked us one of the top three retailers in the country when it comes to implementing sustainable seafood efforts.

Hy-Vee will not make irrational decisions. While we’ve already had plans to implement only cage-free eggs in our menu offerings at our Hy-Vee Market Grille restaurants by August 2016, we will not be pressured to remove all egg options from our stores because of the adverse impact it would currently have on our customers. We need time to evaluate how moving to 100% cage-free eggs will financially impact our customers, especially those who rely on the value eggs bring to a tight budget.

We will continue to work with our valued suppliers to develop a sustainable and affordable 100% cage-free egg supply. We are committed to having a solution in place by the end of 2022. In the meantime, we’ll continue to stand firm in our principles and values — the same ones that have been supported by our customers for the past 85 years.