The NFU is raising concerns following confirmation from Aldi UK that it plans to move away from selling caged hen eggs.
The retailer is suggesting that this phase out commences in 2025. This comes after Aldi Australia’s recent announcement on phasing out caged eggs by 2025.
A NFU spokesperson said: “The NFU understands from Aldi UK and Australia that this is a reaction to changing customer demand. The NFU welcomes Aldi UK’s commitment to consult with their suppliers on how they deliver this ambition as it is vital that UK producers have sufficient time and can afford to meet this change. We will be continuing discussions with the retailer on this.
“Poultry farmers invested £400million in the transition to enriched cages for laying hens in 2012. The NFU is keen that this recent investment and UK producers’ continuing dedication to animal welfare are not overlooked.”