Food Lion stores to transition to cage-free eggs

Cage-free chickens walk in a fenced pasture on the Francis Blake organic farm, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, near Waukon, Iowa. Blake gathers an average of 2,500 dozen eggs a week from his flock of 5,000 cage-free hens. An increasing customer demand for more eggs from chickens free from cages has left U.S. egg farmers with the question of whether to spend millions of dollars to convert or build cage-free barns. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — The parent company of Food Lion has announced that it will begin transitioning to a 100 percent cage-free shell egg policy.

Media outlets report that Delhaize America plans to transition its egg supply to cage-free by 2025 or sooner based on available supply, affordability and customer demand. The company will publicly report on the number of eggs involved in the transition and will aim to increase that number every year.

Delhaize America spokesman J.J. Fleeman says the move is meant to ensure humane treatment of animals and reinforce sustainability practices.

Delhaize operates Food Lion and Hannaford grocery stores.

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