Kroger going completely cage-free by 2025

Posted at 1:47 PM, Jul 12, 2016

CINCINNATI -- The Kroger Co. announced Tuesday that the grocery store chain will sell only cage-free eggs by the year 2025.

"Kroger has been a leader in cage-free eggs for many years," a company news release said. "Our family of stores already offers affordable cage-free eggs under Kroger’s popular Simple Truth and Simple Truth Organic brands."

Caged hens have weaker health and are more likely to be infected with salmonella, according to the World Animal Protection society

Last year, 15 percent of eggs sold by Kroger were cage-free, the news release said. The company also promised an increase of cage-free egg sales at each annual sustainability report.

"The Kroger family of stores is committed to working with our suppliers during this transition in a way that ensures eggs are readily available, safely produced, and affordably priced for all of our customers," the news release said.