Urge Panera Bread to commit to sourcing 100% cage-free eggs

October 19 2015

Show Panera that high-welfare foods are consumer priority

Join us in urging Panera Bread to commit to sourcing 100% cage-free eggs and join McDonald’s, Starbucks, General Mills, Burger King, and the many other leading food brands that have already made such commitments. Panera Bread, the popular bakery-café chain, announced in December 2014 that 18% of the more than 70 million eggs in its supply chain were cage-free but has not yet publicly committed to a timeline for moving towards a 100% cage-free egg supply.

We invite you to make your voice heard by signing a “Dear Ron” letter aimed at Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich. The letter informs Shaich that customers care about how their food is sourced and that they consider cage-free eggs crucial.

“Panera Bread can and should be an industry leader for animal welfare,” says Priscilla Ma, U.S. Executive Director at World Animal Protection.  “Panera has consistently stated publicly its commitment to making a positive impact on the foods we eat, to ‘food as it should be.’ We urge them to fully live up to these values by making the well-being of laying hens a priority and committing to 100% cage-free eggs.”

Several top food businesses, including McDonald’s, General Mills, Starbucks, and Burger King, have recently committed to sourcing only cage-free eggs. Animal welfare has also become increasingly important to consumers; according to research conducted by ESL Insights for World Animal Protection, 67 percent of shoppers consider animal welfare in their food purchasing decisions, with 43 percent more doing so more today than just five years ago. 83 percent of millennials take animal welfare into account when making food purchasing decisions.

Panera Bread has previously implemented large-scale change for animals by phasing out gestation crates for pigs completely as of 2015. We now urge Panera Bread to make a similarly powerful commitment to the thousands of laying hens in its supply chain, by choosing to go cage-free.

Urge Panera to get hens out of cages.

About Choose Cage-Free 

Through our Choose Cage-Free campaign, we consult with businesses on transitioning to cage-free eggs and empower consumers to select humanely produced eggs.  In 2014, we announced a global partnership with Nestlé to improve the welfare of the animals in its supply chain; that partnership is the first-ever partnership between an animal welfare NGO and a major food business.

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