Walmart has announced plans to fully replace its egg supply with cage-free alternatives by 2025.
The country’s largest retailer announced on Tuesday that it would make the move gradually over the next decade.
It’s a big win for the cage-free egg movement since Walmart sales account for about 25% of all groceries sold in the US.
Walmart has offered customers cage-free eggs as an option since 2001 in its US stores.
The company says the cage-free eggs will be used in all 4,600 Walmart stores and 650 Sam’s Clubs in the United States.
“Today marks a milestone in the irreversible movement for cage free production,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of The Humane Society of the United States, in a statement.
Animals rights groups have fought to end the cages hen practice. In many cases hens are held in cages so small that they can’t nest, perch, or spread their wings.
McDonald’s announced this past September that it will switch to cage-free eggs by 2025. Nestle, Taco Bell, Panera Bread, General Mills, and others have also recently committed to ending the caged hen practice at their locations.
In 2015 the company said it was looking at ways to end the caged animal practices used by its suppliers. At the time the company did not commit to going 100% cage-free with its egg supply.