Ahold USA commits to sell only cage-free private label shell eggs

Transition to be complete by 2022

Feb 22, 2016, 08:11 ET from Ahold USA

CARLISLE, Pa., Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its responsible retailing efforts, Ahold USA today announced that its companies' private label shell eggs will be 100% cage-free by 2022.

Ahold USA's retail divisions – Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Martin's and online grocer Peapod – now offer cage-free, free-range, organic, and traditional egg varieties for its customers.  Approximately 80% of all eggs sold among Ahold USA companies are sold as "Own Brands" or private label.

"Animal welfare is a fundamental part of our responsible retailing program," said Marissa Nelson, senior vice president of responsible retailing and healthy living, Ahold USA. "We believe that cage-free environments are a more humane way to treat hens, and we have committed to have all of our private label shell eggs 100% cage-free, subject to available supply."

Ahold USA's responsible retailing program promises customers healthy products and services that are sourced with respect for people, animals and the environment. 

"Ahold USA companies are deeply committed to providing customers with great products at great prices from suppliers who share our dedication to the highest standards of animal welfare," continued Nelson. "Ahold USA and our retail divisions will continue to work with the most reputable suppliers to source our private label cage-free shell eggs produced with respect for the animal."

More information on Ahold USA's commitment to responsible retailing is available at www.ahold.com/Media/Responsible-retailing.htm.

Contact information  
Ahold USA Press Office: Chris Brand, 717-240-1513, christopher.brand@ahold.com

Ahold USA is part of Ahold, an international food retailing group that operates quality supermarkets in the United States and Europe. Ahold USA supports four regional Divisions – Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant Landover, and Giant Carlisle – that together operate approximately 790 supermarkets with 115,000 associates in 14 states and the District of Columbia along with Peapod, the nation's leading e-commerce grocery shopping/delivery service.

For more information, visit www.ahold.com.