Yum Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company with close to 50,000 locations globally across its KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and other brands, has released a global policy to transition to 100 percent cage-free eggs in the majority of its locations by 2026 and globally by 2030. This commitment is set to benefit millions of hens in its global supply chain and follows the largest public cage-free campaign to date, led by the Open Wing Alliance.
The Humane League vice president policy and strategy Aaron Ross said, “We think this is the most impactful cage-free commitment of all time, since Yum Brands is the world’s largest restaurant company.”
“Consumers all around the world have been demanding better for animals and companies like Yum Brands are taking action,” Mr Ross said.
Prior to this global commitment Taco Bell, part of the Yum Brands group, officially went 100 percent cage-free in North America and committed to going cage-free in Europe.
On August 26, 2021, Yum Brands released a cage-free policy for the US, Western Europe, and other leading markets. The new global policy commits the company to sourcing 100 percent cage-free eggs and egg products in more than 150 countries and regions. This transition will be complete by the end of 2030.
The fast food corporation also agreed to provide annual progress reporting to ensure transparency. Open Wing Alliance director Alexandria Beck said, “Due to the massive size of Yum Brands’ supply chain, this monumental commitment to exclusively source cage-free eggs will reduce the suffering of millions of hens raised to lay eggs throughout the world.”
“This policy involves some of the most influential fast food chains and it’s evident that cage free is becoming the future of the industry,” Ms Beck said.
As consumer demand for cage-free eggs continues to grow, global companies and industry leaders such as Yum Brands have been abandoning cages. Over 100 global commitments to end cages have been made by some of the largest companies in the world, including Burger King, Dunkin’, Krispy Kreme, Unilever, Nestlé, Aldi, InterContinental Hotels, Sodexo, Kraft Heinz, Compass Group, Shake Shack, Famous Brands, Costa Coffee and Barilla.