Krispy Kreme announces global cage-free commitment
Krispy Kreme, the American doughnut company and coffeehouse chain, has announced a global cage-free policy for all of its stores. After Sinergia Animal’s first outreach to the company in 2019 and several conversations since then, last June they announced that they will be phasing out the use of eggs from caged hens, and will complete the transition by 2026.
The company, which has around 1,400 shops worldwide, is already operating 100% cage-free in Russia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Turkey, and all of its operations in the Middle East and India use eggless doughnut formulations. Krispy Kreme has also committed to convert 75% of its global system and 100% of the U.S. branded Sweet Treat products to cage-free by the end of 2021.
Battery cages are considered one of the cruelest practices in animal farming. In these intensive systems, laying hens are unable to perform many of their natural behaviors, such as spreading their wings completely, pecking, and nesting. Due to the extreme confinement, they experience high stress levels and are much more susceptible to the development of painful illnesses.