Leading Hospitality Provider Announces Expansion of Cage-free Egg Policy to Include Liquid Eggs by 2020.
Furthering its previously-announced commitment to adopt a 100% cage-free egg policy, Centerplate has expanded its cage-free egg purchasing program to include liquid eggs from its suppliers as well. This decision is supported by the Humane Society of the United States, the country’s largest and most respected animal welfare organization.
In its original memo to operators and suppliers last year, Paul Daly, Senior Vice President of Purchasing for Centerplate, stated, “As a company with a long track record of responsible and ethical sourcing policies, Centerplate respects the goals of those who are advocating the use of cage-free eggs. Centerplate’s European operations have already instituted a policy of buying only cage-free eggs. In 2014, Centerplate’s North American operations will commit to doubling our use of cage-free eggs, and will actively monitor consumer, client and logistical feedback with an eye to further expanding this program going forward.”
The decision to expand that program was announced following the company’s Global Conference and supplier summit in New Orleans last week. Centerplate achieved a 100% conversion to cage-free shell eggs system wide by January 1, 2015, beating other larger competitors to the shell egg deadline. The company has also announced the beginning of a larger-scale conversion of all liquid shell eggs by the end of 2020, or earlier as supply is available, with all of its UK and several of the first major North American venues already having made the switch to cage-free liquid eggs–including AT&T Park, Levi’s Stadium, the Orange County Convention Center, and the Vancouver Convention Centre, among others.
“We have been working with our suppliers to conduct due diligence into the supply chain on the safety and availability of product for our operations” said Daly. “This has been on our radar for more than a year and we confirmed our ability to make this choice at our Annual Global Conference in New Orleans last week, having kept a close watch on what demand and legislation are doing in the market. Centerplate has long been a leader in sustainable operations, and based on supply chain guarantees, we feel confident that our operations can lead the actual conversion by 2020.”
“Centerplate’s commitment furthers the company’s honorable work improving the welfare of animals,” said Josh Balk, senior food policy director for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). “The company is proactively demonstrating that animal welfare is a key issue of being a socially responsible company.”
According to HSUS (not to be confused with the Humane League), switching to eggs from cage-free systems improves the animals’ welfare by allowing them to walk, flap their wings, lay eggs in nesting areas, scratch, perch, and dust bathe.
In 2014, Centerplate venues were named the most vegetarian-friendly stadiums in MLB (AT&T Park) and the NFL (Levi’s Stadium)– where the sports industry’s most aggressive local purchasing program and 100% support of sustainable fisheries had made it an industry leader in responsible purchasing as well as environmental sustainability. The company was also awarded a 2014 “Silver Spoon” industry award for sustainability at the Nashville Music City Center, and continues to receive accolades for being a leader in the use of all-natural and locally-sourced products across its operation.
Centerplate does not raise animals or grow products and relies on suppliers and the timelines they have shared in order to change their production methods to transition to cage-free eggs.
Updated 3/24 with support of the Humane Society of the US.