A New Anti-Confinement Policy Stems From Flowers Foods

December 12, 2015

There is a chain reaction taking place in the food industry. In 2015 alone, The Humane League has been a part of persuading over 40 major food companies—including some heavy hitting restaurants such as Starbucks, Panera Bread, Dunkin' Donuts, and The Cheesecake Factory as well as foodservice industry giants Aramark, Sodexo, and Compass—to phase out some of the most abusive farming practices in their supply chains. With each new commitment, the cruel practice of confining animals to cages for eggs more rapidly approaches eradication.

After working with Grupo Bimbo to secure what some are calling one of the largest anti-confinement victories in history, The Humane League is pleased to applaud Flowers Foods, a top Grupo Bimbo competitor, for committing to end the caging of hens in its egg supply chain. Flowers Foods is one of the largest baking companies in the U.S. and are makers of mainstays such as Sunbeam, Wonder, Blue Bird, Mi Casa, Country Kitchen, Nature's Own, and more. Today, it updated its animal welfare policy with this statement:

"As part of its ongoing commitment to corporate responsibility, Flowers Foods plans to source only cage-free eggs for its foods by the end of 2025."

Flowers Foods joins the cage boycott supported by countless other companies, institutions, and individuals. The recent rapid succession of anti-confinement commitments signifies an undeniable and growing demand to address the mistreatment of animals. The immediate message is clear: Ditch cages.