Cara Foods to serve cage-free eggs in its restaurants by 2020

TORONTO - Cara Foods, the owner of such restaurants as Harvey's, Swiss Chalet, Kelsey's and East Side Mario's, will switch to cage-free eggs in its entire supply chain by 2020.

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The announcement was made Thursday by the group Mercy For Animals, which said it collaborated with Cara Foods to develop the policy.

Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR), the parent company of Tim Hortons and Burger King, took a similar stance on Monday to serve cage-free eggs at all locations throughout North America by 2025 amid pressure from customers for ethically-sourced food.

In the last year, Starbucks, Subway, McDonald's, Wendy's and several other restaurants, retailers, food manufacturers and foodservice companies have pledged to go cage-free at the urging of consumers concerned about animal welfare.

Mercy for Animals president Nathan Runkle said the decision by Cara Foods (TSX:CAO) will reduce the suffering of countless hens each year.

The group says hens used for eggs are "crammed for life into tiny wire cages on factory farms" and each bird has less floor space "than the size of a sheet of notebook paper."



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