Harinera del Valle announces cage-free commitment in Colombia
Harinera del Valle, one of Colombia's largest companies, has announced a cage-free policy after talks with Sinergia Animal and other animal protection organizations. The commitment, which has a deadline of 2025, also includes the exclusive use of eggs certified by Certified Humane, the international seal that guarantees high standards for laying hens.
The company, founded in the Valle del Cauca region, has a history of more than 65 years in the country and distributes around 38 food brands, including both retail and wholesale. Harinera del Valle is number 11 on the list of the largest food companies in the country, is one of the most successful companies in Valle del Cauca, and is considered to be one of the most valuable companies for its products and services; it has also stood out for its numerous sustainability and social responsibility programs. Now, for the first time, the company is announcing a commitment to higher welfare standards for animals.
There are about 50 million laying hens in Colombia alone, and 70% of them spend their lives in battery cages. This intensive production system keeps hens in tightly crowded spaces that prevent them from walking, pecking, or spreading their wings. Most of them suffer injuries and feather loss due to the cages’ wires.
The commitment from Harinera del Valle has the potential of setting thousands of hens free from cages. You can help us do even more for animals by donating to support our work: sinergiaanimalinternational.org/donate.