The d'aucy Group makes a commitment to stop battery cage eggs by 2025
Thursday, 30 November 2017

The d'aucy Group makes a commitment to stop battery cage eggs by 2025

Theix, 30 November 2017. D’aucy Group listens to what its customers expect of them and provides long-term support to its member farmers in all market trends. In recent months, the market data available to the group shows that many of its customers have committed to stop purchasing battery cage eggs, most of them by 2025. Considering that this movement is now irreversible, d’aucy Group has decided to anticipate this change with major consequences for its member farmers by assisting them in their efforts to switch to all free-range, organic and certified eggs by 2025.

An important trend that d’aucy Group must anticipate

For several years, many players using eggs have begun to review their purchasing policy to gradually make the switch to free-range eggs in order to meet consumer expectations. This trend has been confirmed over the past 12 months, to the point that all major distributors and many industrial players and food service companies are now committed to stopping their supply of battery-cage eggs by 2025.

D'aucy Group and its member farmers have begun to adapt to these changes by proposing more and more eggs from alternative systems (free-range, organic, certified), which represent 32% of the production in 2017, in order to satisfy customer demand. D’aucy Group now wants to go even further by anticipating the needs of its customers over the next 10 years.

We think this movement is going to be huge and essentially irreversible. Therefore, we have decided to anticipate this major change with our member farmers by helping them make the switch to eggs from alternative systems by 2025. Not anticipating this announced change would inevitably lead the group's egg sector and its producers to a dead end,” says Vincent Lecouffe, Director of the d’aucy Group's egg branch.

Crucial and continuous support for farmers and the sector

The consequences of this commitment made necessary by the evolution of customer expectations are indeed important for the sector and the 29 member farmers concerned. Member farmers have often gone into debt to buy new equipment during the transition to the new regulatory standards for cages in 2012. This change is therefore possible only if farmers are given enough time (until 2025) to repay their previous investments.

"Together with my fellow poultry breeders, we incurred average debts of 2.5 million euros to bring our farms up to standard in 2012. We plan to repay these loans by 2025. It would be impossible for us to do so before then, unless we close down. D’aucy Group's approach gives us time, which is important because, behind all media impact, there are families who must make a living from their trade and develop it at the same time,” explains David Joubier, a d'aucy Group poultry breeder and president of the egg producers group of d'aucy Group.

This process will require breeders to switch from battery cages to free-range, organic or certified farms depending on the possibilities offered by the farm and its environment, incorporating the key animal welfare criteria.

"Farmers should not be the adjustment variable of this process. D'aucy Group will now work with all stakeholders in the sector, especially banks and their customers, to find solutions with and for our member farmers. During this transition period, contracting with customers must be based on a fair price that allows reimbursement of expenses and reinvestment in farming methods that correspond to customer expectations,” says Vincent Lecouffe.

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