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Caribou Coffee Incorporates Cage-Free Eggs into Breakfast Menu

Caribou Coffee has announced that its most popular signature breakfast sandwich, which represents 20 percent of the company’s breakfast sales, will now be made with 100 percent cage-free eggs. The Humane Society of the United States welcomed the announcement as a positive step for animal welfare.

More than 90 percent of the country's 280 million egg-laying hens are confined in barren battery cages so small the birds can't even spread their wings. Each bird has less space than a sheet of paper on which to spend her entire life. Virtually immobilized, they are unable to perform the most basic behaviors that are important for their wellbeing, such as perching, nesting, or dust bathing.

Caribou Coffee joins major food manufacturers such as Kraft, Sara Lee, ConAgra, and Otis Spunkmeyer that are switching millions of eggs in their products to the cage-free variety. Unilever adopted a policy to convert 100 percent of its eggs to cage-free, including the 350 million eggs used annually by Hellmann’s mayonnaise. Major restaurant chains—including Subway, Burger King, Wendy’s, Denny’s, Sonic, Quiznos, Hardee’s, Carl's Jr., and Red Robin—use some cage-free eggs. Supermarket chains including Wal-Mart, Costco, and Safeway have also taken steps to increase cage-free egg sales.