McDonald’s has announced that it successfully reached its target of sourcing 100% cage-free eggs for its US operations, two years ahead of its 2025 target date.

The fast-food giant decided to switch to cage-free eggs in 2015. The move called for significant industry co-operation and innovation.

In 2023, McDonald’s US System [the company, its franchisees and suppliers] procured almost two billion eggs.

The successful creation of a cage-free egg supply on such a vast scale was made possible through the support of key partners.

Creating the required supply would not have been possible without the support of Cargill and their egg producers, including Minnesota-based fourth-generation family business Forsman Farms.

McDonald’s engaged with animal welfare experts and academics to facilitate the transition.

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These collaborations were instrumental in assisting egg producers with the construction and renovation of their farms, as well as with the adoption of new technologies designed to meet the cage-free standard.

McDonald’s senior vice-president North America and chief supply chain officer Bob Stewart said: “Our journey to move to sourcing 100% cage-free eggs in the US was a huge undertaking — made uniquely possible by our owner/operators, Cargill and their egg producers, and our supply chain working together as one team.

“I am incredibly proud of what we achieved together and the positive impact we will continue to make on the path toward a more sustainable future.”

In January 2024, McDonald’s announced a strong financial performance for the fourth quarter of 2023, with a notable increase in net income and consolidated revenues.

For the fourth quarter ending 31 December 2023, the company’s net income reached $2.03bn, a 7% rise from the $1.90bn reported a year previously.

The fast-food giant’s diluted earnings per share also climbed by 8% compared to 2022, standing at $2.80.