Switching All Liquid Eggs to Cage-Free
Elior North America - Food Service Company Making the Transition Within Five Years
Food service company Elior North America announced that after working with The Humane Society of the United States, it’s switching all one million pounds of its annual liquid egg usage (equaling approximately 10 million eggs) to cage-free by 2020. Elior North America, is one of the largest foodservice companies in the USA. Elior provides food service at more than 675 colleges, universities, hospitals, K-12 schools, senior facilities and is the leading provider of Meals on Wheels in the USA.
ELior previously switched all 3 million of its annual whole egg usage to cage-free and committed to eliminate pork from operations that confine pigs in gestation crates by 2017.
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, said: “Elior North America has been a tremendous partner with The Humane Society of the United States and its elimination of all eggs from caged chickens will improve the lives of 50 thousand animals a year. This announcement shows the company’s steadfast commitment to animal welfare, and we are so appreciative of the leadership team’s commitment to doing the right thing.”
Mark Fortino, Elior’s vice president of operations stated: “’Because the Whole Experience Matters’ with Elior North America. As a food service industry leader, we know that addressing animal cruelty issues is the right thing to do. We’re proud that our switch to exclusively cage-free liquid eggs will ensure that many animals have a better life, while also demonstrating our commitment to continually strive for more sustainable and healthy food for our customers. American consumers clearly oppose the idea of confining a chicken in a cage so small they can barely move their entire life. Eliminating battery cages within our supply chain is the right thing to do for the animals, family farmers, our company and our clients. This is a moral imperative.”
Elior North America, is a federation of regional companies that focus on customized, local food service. Its companies include A’viands Food & Services Management, Valley Services, Lexington Food Management, and their respective subsidiary companies.