Responsible raw materials selection: the case of “cage-free” eggs

“We commit to ensuring a sustainable, ethical supply chain and adopting responsible practices in raw materials selection”.

A commitment going back years

Autogrill has always been concerned about the sustainability of its supply chain and is committed to promoting responsible sourcing practices. Accordingly, Autogrill Group believes in the basic principles of animal welfare, in line with the laws, regulations and international best practice.

In its operation, in fact, the Group has set itself the objective of guaranteeing animal welfare across all its businesses. Autogrill was one of the first companies in Italy to use only in-shell eggs from hens not raised in cages, which in 2009 won it the Good Egg Award from Compassion in World Farming, the biggest international organization promoting the wellbeing of farm animals. The award is reserved for companies that decide to use only eggs laid by hens that can move around in purpose-designed spaces where they have constant access to food and water that are always fresh.

… and still going strong

Over the years, Autogrill has extended this practice to other countries where it operates in order to make its supply chain increasingly ethical and responsible. This was also in response to the needs of an ever larger target of consumers demanding safe and sustainable quality food.

In the Netherlands, in 2018, Autogrill entered an agreement with Kipster, a zero-impact organic farming business that guarantees the highest standards of animal welfare in its farms.

This approach enabled Autogrill to obtain two more important endorsements: Better Life Label Three Stars and Planet Proof certification for its eggs.

The former is awarded by the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals to companies that can guarantee maximum freedom for their animals.

While the latter is a quality mark certifying commitment to sustainability.

Looking to the future

Eggs from free-range hens are now used in most of the European countries where Autogrill Group works. Under its new sustainability strategy, the Company is stepping up its efforts and has committed to transitioning to the use of "cage-free" eggs only in all its points of sale in Europe and North America by 2025.

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