Following in the footsteps of a few other American fast food companies, Subway has announced a plan to switch to cage-free eggs by 2025. Subway says the transition has already begun, and each of its 30,000 locations will go cage-free in the next 10 years.
"Serving food that reflects our commitment to the humane treatment of animals has long been a priority to our brand," Subway director of corporate social responsibility Elizabeth Stewart said in a prepared statement. "We know how important it is for consumers to feel confident that the food they eat is ethically sourced, and our customers care deeply about animal welfare. As a result of this commitment, not only can you come to our restaurants for a great-tasting, quality, affordable meal, but our customers will be able to enjoy delicious breakfast sandwiches made with cage-free eggs."
Making the move to cage-free eggs is in vogue for mass-market food corporations. Subway's announcement comes after similar declarations from McDonald's, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, and Shake Shack. McDonald's, Starbucks, and Jack in the Box are operating on a timeline closer to Subway's, while Taco Bell and Shake Shack plan to complete the switch in the next couple of years.
The sandwich giant's cage-free pledge comes a little more than two months after it revealed plans to cut antibiotics from its meat supply. That decision was a result of increasing pressure from multiple environmental groups. Subway's transition away from antibiotics begins next year, and the company wants it completed by 2025.