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Zoo Group, a multinational coffee and restaurant brand from China, has recently announced its pledge to source only cage-free eggs and egg ingredients for all of its stores in China by 2025

Zoogroup cagefreeZoo Group aims to use cafés as a medium to promote environmental and animal protection to their consumers in China. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

The group operates over 100 of its Zoo Coffee cafes across China, in addition to restaurant brands Zoo Kitchen, Foxy Cake and Zoo Steak, and is now expanding across Europe and Asia. 

Zoo Group said that since its establishment, it has been continuously seeking out environmentally friendly and sustainable sources of protein that are also considerate of animal welfare standards. 

“We hope that through using cafés as a medium, we can promote the concept of environmental and animal protection to our consumers in China,” said Li Jing, founder of Zoo Group. 

“The commitment to using cage-free eggs is one of the steps we are taking to realize this vision, and we will be using China as a starting point before gradually implementing this policy in other countries,” added Jing.

“We applaud Zoo Group for the wonderful commitment to using only cage-free eggs. This is beneficial not only for animal welfare and environmental sustainability concerns, but also shows dedication to a high quality of service, food safety and responsibility to the company’s consumers,” said Mutzu Huang, project manager at Lever China, that aided Zoo Group in its transition. 

Lever China is a Shanghai-based consultancy that helps leading food companies to upgrade to a more sustainable, humane and healthy protein supply chain.

Over the past two years, it is reported that coffee chains including Caffe Nero, illy, Dunkin Donuts, Costa Coffee, Tim Hortons, Caribou Coffee, Krispy Kreme, Au Bon Pain and Peet’s have set timelines for removing caged eggs from their worldwide supply chains, including in China.