Fazer Group commits to cage-free eggs by 2024

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Fazer is committed to using only cage-free eggs by 2024 in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

Fazer’s commitment to cage-free eggs continues the company’s efforts in line with its sustainability approach and, especially, the core goal of 100% sustainably sourced. In Fazer’s revised sustainability approach, animal welfare was lifted as one of the essential topics, and the commitment to cage-free eggs supports the activities to be taken in this area. The commitment to cage-free eggs covers all Fazer’s businesses and countries of operation but, in the first phase, the focus will be on the Nordic and Baltic countries. During 2019, a more detailed target setting will be created for the Russian market. 

Commitment’s targets and timeline

2020               Share of cage-free eggs minimum 30%.

2022               Share of cage-free eggs minimum 70%.

2024               Share of cage-free eggs 100%.

The progress in reaching the target will be reported on an annual basis.

The commitment has been created in collaboration with stakeholders and based on discussions with different actors along the value chain. “We are very grateful for the input from different actors in setting the target. It has been really important to listen to suppliers, animal rights organisations and producer organisations”, says Nina Elomaa, Sustainability Director of Fazer Group. “We hope to continue the good dialogue and are ready and willing to re-evaluate our target and to find new solutions for supporting sustainable egg production, if availability and market conditions make it possible”, she continues.  

"We congratulate Fazer for a good decision. It is significant and will affect the well-being of millions of hens in the Nordic and Baltic countries. By this decision, Fazer takes a huge step forward in the responsibility of animal-affairs. Of course, we hope that the timetable for Russia will be completed soon and that it will be as ambitious as the Nordic one", says Juhis Ranta, Corporate Outreach Manager, Animal Right Group Oikeutta Eläimille.

Fazer Food Services’ actions

Fazer Food Services in Denmark and Sweden have already earlier taken steps to start using more organic eggs. In Denmark, all the eggs used have been 100% organic since the beginning of 2018. In Sweden, all the eggs Fazer uses already are cage-free, and 38% of them are also organic. Now Fazer Food Services Finland has set an ambitious target. The 2019 target for cage-free eggs is 40% of the total volume.

“For us it is an important step and, in addition to the animal welfare aspect, we also want to respond to the client and restaurant guest demand. By proceeding stepwise, we are also taking producer responsibility into consideration”, says Jaana Korhola, Managing Director of Fazer Food Services Finland.

Further information:

The Fazer media phone line is open from Monday to Friday 8:00 to 16:00, 
tel. +358 40 668 2998, media@fazer.com 

Nina Elomaa, Sustainability Director, Fazer Group tel. +358 45 354 8611, nina.elomaa@fazer.com

Fazer Group

In 1891, the young Karl Fazer opened his first café with a mission to make food with a purpose – and a passion to create moments of joy for all the people around him. It became Northern Magic. Made Real. Today, Fazer is an international family-owned company offering quality bakery, confectionery, biscuit and grain products, plant-based meals, non-dairy products, on-the-go food & drinks as well as food and café services. The Group operates in nine countries and exports to around 40 countries. The success of Fazer has been built on Karl Fazer’s vision, values and fearless creativity: the best product and service quality, beloved brands, the passion of skilful people and responsible ways of working. In 2018, Fazer Group had net sales of 1.6 billion euros and more than 15,000 employees. Fazer’s operations comply with ethical principles that are based on the Group’s values and the UN Global Compact.

Northern Magic. Made Real.