TORONTO — Canadian egg farmers say they’ll meet restaurants’ growing demand for cage-free eggs even though conventional housing for hens will account for more than half of production for at least eight more years.Egg Farmers of Canada announced Friday that its members, representing more than 1,000 farms, will supply more than half of their eggs from hens in conventional housing until 2024 and won’t shift completely to other types until 2036.One critic of the currently predominant type of caged housing said Friday that the egg farmers may not be changing quickly enough but an Egg Farmer Canada spokesman said supplies of cage-free eggs will be able to meet demand.Sayara Thurston, campaign manager for Human Society International’s Canadian chapter, said restaurants and other companies “have made clear that the shift … must happen in four to nine years, not two decades from now.”Promises to go cage-free by 2020 have been made by Cara Foods (Harvey’s, Swiss Chalet, Kelsey’s, East Side Mario’s and other Canadian chains), Starbucks, Wendy’s (for it’s Canadian and American restaurants) and Arby’s (for its U.S. locations).McDonald’s plans to do the same at its Canadian and American locations by 2025, the same year that Restaurant Brands International (Tim Hortons and Burger King) will do so at its Canadian, U.S., and Mexican locations.McDonald’s Canada moves to serve free-run eggs in its restaurants amid mounting consumer pressureTim Hortons and Burger King promise to serve cage-free eggs by 2025“Most of those timelines will be met,” responded Roger Pelissero, first vice-chair of the Egg Farmers of Canada.These restaurants don’t account for the majority of demand for eggs in Canada, he said, adding that a chain like McDonald’s represents a demand for about five per cent of the country’s egg production.Pelissero said that makes it likely the restaurants will be able to obtain enough cage-free eggs, as farms gradually shift to alternative housing, without requiring changes to either industry’s time lines.He said the major demand comes from Canadian consumers who buy eggs at grocery stores.Most retailers still want to offer shoppers a choice between eggs from hens living in enriched cages as well as without cages (free-run or free-range).Enriched cages house dozens of chickens — rather than about four to eight birds in conventional housing — and provide space and amenities such as like perches, for the animals to exhibit natural behaviours.The farmer organization, as well as some researchers, believe enriched cages offer animal welfare and farmer health benefits.
BRITISH aerospace equipment supplier Meggitt said its orders jumped 15 per cent in the first-quarter compared to last year, indicating good growth perspectives for 2011.The FTSE 250 firm reported its revenues were up 12 per cent, bolstered by a market recovery that was driven mainly by soaring civil aerospace orders.“Within the period we saw double digit revenue growth in all market segments. We expect to deliver good organic growth in 2011 and we are well positioned for the long term,” the company said in its interim management statement.The company, which earlier this year acquired a component business from US firm Danaher for $685m, said it had exceeded its cost savings target of £50m per year by the end of 2010 and had lifted its target to £57m by the end of 2011.Shares in Meggitt, which have fallen eight per cent in 2011, rose two per cent to close at 352p yesterday, valuing the firm at more than £2.6bn. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMoneyPailShe Was An Actress, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaBetterBeDrones Capture Images No One Was Suppose to SeeBetterBeZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Heraldautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.com Wednesday 20 April 2011 7:46 pm Cost savings and sales lift Meggitt whatsapp Show Comments ▼ KCS-content whatsapp Share Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Tags: NULL