OREANDA-NEWS.  IKEA U.S. announced that as part of its commitment to sustainable food offerings, it will only be selling cage-free eggs* in all its IKEA U.S. restaurants. This supply chain improvement also supports the well-priced food offerings at all IKEA restaurants.

“At IKEA, we want to improve our contribution to a better everyday life through a wider offer of delicious, healthy food that is sustainably produced and well-priced. We trust this latest transition to offering cage-free eggs in all our restaurants will be meaningful to our customers while influencing the advance of animal welfare,” stated Gerd Diewald, IKEA US food manager.

“We are pleased to support IKEA in their transition to serving only cage-free eggs in their restaurants in the U.S. IKEA sets an impressive standard for businesses wanting to give their customers humane and wholesome options. They know that people want food choices that better reflect their core values including sustainability, positive impact, compassion and health. Making the switch to serving only cage-free eggs can deliver that. We applaud IKEA for giving hens in the U.S. a better life,” stated Darren Vanstone, corporate engagement manager for World Animal Protection.

Why cage-free eggs?
IKEA believes that good animal welfare practices is an important criteria for high quality food products, and offering cage-free eggs is integral to the food offering. It’s also good for people and the planet, and good for the business.

Cage-free eggs means the chickens are housed in an open concept barn with access to a nest box, perches and scratch area. The chickens are given 147 square inches of space per bird with plenty of room to move around, nest and roost. IKEA restaurants also serve chickens raised with no antibiotics.

IKEA announced in April 2015 that its restaurants would be serving a new veggie ball, GR?NSAKSBULLAR, a good alternative to the popular IKEA meatball, offering tasty chunks of vegetables and a good protein level to support a main meal. Then later in September, IKEA announced it would only sell and serve fish and seafood in its stores from sustainable and responsible sources certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). This includes all IKEA salmon, certified by the ASC, and all wild caught fish and shrimp served and sold at IKEA, independently certified by the MSC.

*Came into effect August 2016. Whole egg products come from shelled eggs

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About IKEA Group
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