The transition, announced on the company’s website, comes after the grocer was targeted by animal welfare groups, including The Humane Society of the United States. For several months, the humane society has led a social media push and advertising campaign targeting Publix’s cage-free egg policy.
“Because we take concerns about animal welfare seriously, we have been diligently working with our egg suppliers, industry leaders, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations to better understand the timing of converting our shell egg supply to completely cage-free, while meeting customer demand, remaining affordable, and maintaining animal health and safety,” Publix’s website said. “…We appreciate the trust our customers place in us to do the right thing and will continue to work to provide our customers with quality products and a variety of choices, while ensuring food safety and animal welfare. We are committed to moving forward with this challenging and complex effort and will work toward being 100 percent cage free by 2026.”
The humane society heralded the change on Friday, saying Publix marks the last major grocer in the country to announce a timeline for transitioning to cage-free eggs.
“We appreciate that Publix will stop selling eggs from caged chickens,” said Josh Balk, Senior Food Policy Director for The HSUS. “The future is now more certain than ever that the egg industry’s cage confinement of chickens must come to an end.”