Key Food Clarifies its Position on Cage-Free Eggs

August 8, 2016

Key Food Stores Co-Operative, Inc. and our independent members would like to state our position on cage free eggs.

Key Food and our members do not support any type of animal abuse. We hold our suppliers and manufacturers to standards that meet or exceed industry norms and do not condone mistreatment of animals in any way. Currently, almost 30% of our egg sales are comprised of cage free eggs and each one of our locations sells cage free, free-range, and organic eggs, giving our customers a wide variety of choices. We, like many other retailers, are actively looking to shift a larger volume of our egg sales to cage free eggs as the industry converts to more cage free farms over time.

Despite our efforts and statements condemning animal cruelty of any kind, animal rights activists have waged a public campaign against Key Food and our stores. They have demanded that we release a statement promising to transition to 100% cage free eggs by 2025. Although our goal is to transition to 100% cage free eggs by that date, we want you, our customers, to know that while seeking to reach that goal, we strive to always provide affordable nutritious options to all of our customers, many of whom are in lower-income areas and rely on assistance programs. Currently, cage free eggs, which are double the price of regular eggs, are not covered by these programs.

We believe it is possible that the industry as a whole will continue to transition to cage free production as demand continues to rise. This hopefully will result in cage free eggs eventually becoming available at affordable prices for all consumers.

For over the past 75 years we have worked hard to provide quality products at low prices for our guests and those they care for, and will continue to do so for all of our customers. We appreciate your business.

Thank you.

August 8, 2016

Key Food Stores Co-Operative, Inc. and our independent members would like to state our position on cage free eggs.

Key Food and our members do not support any type of animal abuse. We hold our suppliers and manufacturers to standards that meet or exceed industry norms and do not condone mistreatment of animals in any way. Currently, almost 30% of our egg sales are comprised of cage free eggs and each one of our locations sells cage free, free-range, and organic eggs, giving our customers a wide variety of choices. We, like many other retailers, are actively looking to shift a larger volume of our egg sales to cage free eggs as the industry converts to more cage free farms over time.

Despite our efforts and statements condemning animal cruelty of any kind, animal rights activists have waged a public campaign against Key Food and our stores. They have demanded that we release a statement promising to transition to 100% cage free eggs by 2025. Although our goal is to transition to 100% cage free eggs by that date, we want you, our customers, to know that while seeking to reach that goal, we strive to always provide affordable nutritious options to all of our customers, many of whom are in lower-income areas and rely on assistance programs. Currently, cage free eggs, which are double the price of regular eggs, are not covered by these programs.

We believe it is possible that the industry as a whole will continue to transition to cage free production as demand continues to rise. This hopefully will result in cage free eggs eventually becoming available at affordable prices for all consumers.

For over the past 75 years we have worked hard to provide quality products at low prices for our guests and those they care for, and will continue to do so for all of our customers. We appreciate your business.

Thank you.