All eggs served at Jack in the Box and Qdoba restaurants will be sourced from cage-free farms, Jack in the Box Inc., revealed in its updated Animal Welfare Report, released earlier in November.
The company, which operates both restaurant chains, stated in the report that it has informed its egg suppliers of its plans. The majority of the company’s egg supply is expected to be from cage-free operations by 2020, with the transition expected to be fully made by 2025.
“During the past several years, there has been an ongoing debate surrounding the housing environments of egg-laying hens in commercial egg production,” the company, which operates both restaurant chains, stated in the report.
The report further states that the egg industry has seen a rapid growth in non-cage systems, and in response to the growth in cage-free operations and consumer preference for cage-free eggs, the company is making the switch.
Jack in the Box is one of a growing number of restaurant chains to announce an intent to switch to cage-free eggs in recent months. Just since the beginning of September, three major chains revealed their plans for eggs. Taco Bell has vowed to exclusively serve cage-free eggs by the end of 2016, while Panera Bread is looking at going completely cage-free by 2020. McDonald’s announced it will fully transition to serving cage-free eggs at all of its locations in the U.S. and Canada within the next ten years.