NINETEEN Co-op stores in Huddersfield have banned the sale of eggs from caged hens.
The Co-op is the first supermarket chain in the town to introduce a ban after receiving feedback from customers. All their eggs will now be free range or organic and will be clearly labelled.
Shops at Westbourne Road, Almondbury and Golcar, along with 16 others, introduced the ban this week.
The Co-op is also switching all its hot beverages to Fairtrade products in a move that will benefit producers in some of the world’s poorest countries.
It comes after the Co-op conducted a poll of shoppers views.
David Mockford, regional officer for Co-op, said: “Shoppers in our northern region responded to the poll in their thousands. We have listened to what they had to say and acted on their priority issues now.”
The research found 27% of shoppers said ethical trading was important to them while 25% were concerned about animal welfare. The environment also rated highly, with 22% identifying it as a key priority. As a result, the Co-op also plans to reduce the amount of packaging its produce comes with.
It is also adding 66 more pesticides to its prohibited list, which means 98 are now banned by the supermarket chain.