Taco Bell has announced plans to only sell cage-free eggs at its 6,000 U.S. locations by 2017.
The fast food chain said the announcement comes after “several years of planning.”
In all honestly the company is probably being forced to make the change as a growing number of customers are demanding healthier and more sustainable food.
Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, both of which are Yum Brands chains, have also committed to removing artificial ingredients. Taco Bell said Monday it plans to finish that switch by the beginning of 2016.
“Ingredient transparency is more important than ever to the next generation of Taco Bell customers,” Taco Bell executive Liz Matthews said.
The announcement follows similar plans revealed by McDonald’s in September. McD’s said it would go cage-free in 16,000 US and Canadian restaurants over the next 10 years.
Burger King, owned by Restaurant Brands International committed in 2012 to switching its egg supply within five years.
It’s not just fast food chains make the switch to cage-free eggs, Kellogg and General Mills both recently said they would go to an open-range purchase plan in the coming years.
Animal groups are now demanding that restaurants and food owners not only go cage-free, but also draw attention to make of the door conditions in which animals live.