PRESS RELEASE: Nestlé announces groundbreaking chicken welfare policy for global supply chain

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PRESS RELEASE: By ANIMALS AUSTRALIA On NOV 14, 2017

NESTLÉ ANNOUNCES GROUNDBREAKING CHICKEN WELFARE POLICY FOR GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS

World's largest food company announces global commitment to end cages

Nestlé, the world's largest food company, has announced its commitment to eliminate cages from its egg supply chain worldwide. This policy will be adopted in 189 countries, including Australia, and will improve the lives of tens of millions of hens.

The multinational food giant sells everything from cereal to baby food. This new policy to phase out cage eggs will affect Nestlé products in Australia that include Lean Cuisine, Nesquik and KitKat.

Animals Australia said the commitment is a major step toward sparing all hens from life in a cage across the global egg industry.

"We commend Nestlé's ground-breaking animal welfare policy. As the largest food company in the world, this decision is a signal to the rest of the food industry that cage eggs don't have a future," said Jesse Marks, Animals Australia Director of Farmed Animal Advocacy.

"Australian consumers are concerned about the cruelty egg-laying hens suffer in cages, with a recent Roy Morgan poll showing that 67% of Australians are more likely to support a company that has a policy not to use or sell cage eggs. This decision by Nestlé demonstrates how leaders in the corporate sector can listen to their customers and respond."

Nestlé's commitment comes just a week after a similar decision from the largest global hotel chain, Wyndham Hotel Group, which operates 26 hotels and resorts across Australia and 8,100 hotels globally. 

Nestlé and Wyndham Hotel Group now join the growing number of major companies in Australia, and globally, that are cutting cage eggs from their supply chain — including, Subway, McDonald's, Hungry Jacks, Woolworths, Aldi, McCain, Arnott's, Hilton, and many others.

These landmark policies followed negotiations with members of the Open Wing Alliance, a global coalition of animal protection organisations, including Animals Australia.  Both commitments will result in a complete phase out of cage eggs in Australia by 2025.

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MEDIA CONTACT
Jesse Marks | Director of Farmed Animal Advocacy | Animals Australia
0423 324 180 |

MEDIA RESOURCES
http://animalsaustralia-media.org/uploads/caged-hens/

NESTLÉ'S MEDIA STATEMENT
http://www.nestle.com/asset-library/documents/creating-shared-value/facts-figures-leaflet/nestle-cage-free-eggs-2025.pdf

WYNDHAM'S MEDIA STATEMENT

http://www.wyndhamworldwide.com/category/environment-sustainability

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About Animals Australia

Animals Australia is Australia's foremost national animal protection organisation. We represent some 40 member groups and over 2 million individual members and supporters. Animals Australia, along with our global arm, Animals International, has an unprecedented track record in investigating and exposing animal cruelty and for conducting world-first strategic public awareness campaigns. Animals Australia has been instrumental, through collaboration and campaigns, in securing a phase out of cage eggs from some Australia's largest companies, including McDonald's and Aldi.
Animals Australia is a member of the Open Wing Alliance, a global coalition of more than forty organisations working together to spare all egg-laying hens from cages.

About the Open Wing Alliance

Open Wing Alliance is a global coalition of animal protection organisations focused on creating a unified front to eradicate cages from egg industries worldwide. The alliance was founded in 2016 by The Humane League and presently has more than 40 member organisations, including Animals Australia, from nations in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America. In February 2017, Open Wing Alliance hosted the inaugural Global Summit to End Cages and launched the largest international campaign to spare hens from cages in history.

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