In July 2015 we announced a commitment to move towards free range eggs in all our restaurants by the end of 2016.
We’ve made this decision because we’ve seen this is something that is becoming more important to New Zealanders – the increase in sales of free range eggs over the last few years says it all. We realise there’s always room to improve, and by moving away from eggs from caged hens we’re doing what our customers have asked us to do. Questions about free range eggs have been one of the most popular queries sent to us through the Our Food, Your Questions website.
Once we’ve fully made the shift, free range eggs purchased by McDonald’s will make up about nine percent of all free range eggs sold in New Zealand.
Christchurch and Dunedin McDonald’s restaurants have used only free range eggs since 2009. Eggs for these 18 restaurants are currently sourced from Otaika Valley Free Range Eggs near Whangarei. Otaika Valley Free Range Eggs will increase their supply of free range eggs to McDonald’s. A second existing egg supplier, Zeagold Foods in Otago, is expanding to meet the increased demand for free range eggs.
Our free range egg supply will be independently audited, with farms adhering to the Animal Welfare (Layer Hens) Code of Welfare 2012.