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2023

SURVEY FINDINGS

ENHANCED TRANSPARENCY

162.5%

162.5%  growth rate of companies reporting progress in Asia in 2023, compared to 2022
(from 8 to 21 companies).

6.25%

rise in participation this year as compared to the previous year.

Japan and Thailand have the highest number of evaluated companies at 46 and 47, respectively. 

Indonesia leads in regional progress reporting, with 17 companies sharing progress in Asia or nationally.

COMPANIES ARE PROGRESSING

2 companies from Indonesia —Mediterranea Restaurant by Chef Kamil and Pizza Express— successfully transitioned to 100% cage-free eggs, placed them in Tier A, along with 55 other companies, such as M&S, Hain Celestial Group, and Danone.

 

26.7% (12 out of 45) companies surveyed in 2022 improved their rankings this year to Tier B (Minor Food, Minor Hotels, Pizza Express, Compass Group, AutoGrill HMSHost, Hilton, Hyatt, ISS World, Radisson Hotel group, RBI, Unilever).

Fewer companies are in the lower-tier categories in 2023 compared to 2022: Tier C dropped from 54% to 47.7% (Grupo Bimbo, Kempinski, Mandarin Oriental, McCormick, Puratos), while Tier D decreased from 30% to 20% of the total companies reporting progress. 

RESULTS PER TIERS

The progress reported on the survey was used to rank the companies into tiers ranging from A to D. It’s important to remember that Sinergia Animal does not conduct audits on the reported progress of companies. The figures mentioned here are based on the information provided by the respective companies.

A

TIER

56 companies in Asia or Asian countries have fully transitioned to sourcing 100% cage-free eggs. While most weren't surveyed this year due to having transitioned previously, we recognize their achievement. Mediterranea Restaurant by Chef Kamil and Pizza Express Indonesia transitioned this year.

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B

TIER

20 companies have made a commitment with a clear timeline and have shared progress on the implementation of their cage-free policy in Asia or nationally. Progress can range from 0% to 99%.

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C

TIER

31 companies have cage-free egg commitments and have shared some cage-free progress, but lack progress information regionally or nationally.

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*Starbucks’ cage-free commitment applies to company-operated stores only. In Asia, that only includes branches in Japan and China.

D

TIER

13 companies have cage-free commitments, but lack any form of reporting about their progress globally, regionally, or nationally.

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*

*Subway, at the time of this report, does not report progress and does not have a commitment for India, Indonesia, and Japan.

OTHER KEY DATA

The sector with the highest number of companies evaluated in this report was hotels, accounting for 31.8% of the cage-free commitments. Restaurants and manufacturers took the second and third positions, with 21.2% and 18.2% respectively. Cafes and bakeries are in the fourth position at 12.1%, followed by food service providers at 7.6%, retailers at 6.1%, and travel and tourism at 3%.

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Manufacturer 18.2%

Food service provider 7.6%

Travel and tourism 3%

Retailer 6.1%

Hotels 31.8%

Cafe and Bakery 12.1%

Restaurants 21.2%

CHALLENGES

Some of the most frequent reasons mentioned regarding roadblocks that can prevent companies from switching to cage-free were:

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Supply chain disruptions: Avian flu continues to impact egg sources and availability globally, affecting the availability of cage-free egg products in certain markets, including Japan and China. The COVID-19 pandemic has also been mentioned as having affected the supply chain, operations, and product availability.

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Higher cost of cage-free eggs compared to battery cages ones, and unwillingness of consumers to pay the extra price.

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Limited suppliers with cage-free certification.

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Data Collecting and consolidating egg usage data from various partners operating in diverse geographic regions can pose challenges in calculating a global average for progress.

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The increase of feedstock costs:

farmers have been reluctant to invest in new farms due to high uncertainty in the market.

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