Industry News | November 16, 2015

Taco Bell to Change to Cage-Free Eggs in One Year

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Taco Bell extended its long-standing promise to delivering quality food at great value by announcing that 100 percent of its more than 6,000 U.S. corporate and franchise-owned restaurants will exclusively serve cage-free eggs by December 31, 2016. After several years of planning, the brand expects to be the first national quick-service restaurant to completely implement the change, outpacing some competitive implementation timelines by years. According to the Humane Society of the United States, approximately 500,000 hens each year will benefit from this change.

“We are a brand that has our finger on the pulse of not only what appeals to our customers’ tastes, but also the issues they care most about, and they tell us they want food that’s simple and easy to understand,” says Brian Niccol, CEO of Taco Bell Corp. “Implementing this change at record pace underscores that we are always listening and responding to our customers, while doing what is right for our business.”

The move also supports the brand’s focus on disrupting the breakfast market with fun menu items that feature eggs, like the A.M. Crunchwrap, Biscuit Taco, and breakfast burritos.

Teaming with its strategic partner, Taco Bell will transition to cage-free eggs in an industry-leading 12-month time frame. Taco Bell’s eggs will be verified as “American Humane Certified” based on cage-free egg production standards set by the American Humane Association.

“Delivering a sustainable and safe egg supply to Taco Bell restaurants nationwide in one year is possible due to the brand’s large yet flexible infrastructure, and years of close collaboration with our partners,” says Liz Matthews, chief food innovation officer at Taco Bell Corp.

Cage-free egg production supports the natural behaviors of hens, including walking, spreading of wings, nesting, and perching, and can lead to animals exhibiting lower levels of stress.

“Taco Bell has catapulted itself ahead of other major restaurant chains. Switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs by the end of 2016 is a tremendous commitment that will quickly improve the lives of countless animals and further cement the future of egg production as being one without cages,” says Josh Balk, senior food policy director at The Humane Society of the United States. 

Taco Bell also confirmed that by the beginning of 2016, it will deliver on its stated goal of removing artificial flavors and colors, added trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, and unsustainable palm oil from its core menu items. The company also plans to introduce aspartame-free diet Pepsi products in all of its U.S. restaurants beginning in early 2016.

With an eye to the future, the company plans to expand its policies related to food simplicity, transparency, and choice in coming months, to complement its stated goal of eliminating additional preservatives and additives where possible by end of 2017.

“Ingredient transparency is more important than ever to the next generation of Taco Bell customers. That is why we remain hungry and challenge ourselves to set ambitious yet achievable commitments that make our food better, without ever compromising the flavor that our fans crave,” Matthews says.

Taco Bell’s food journey spans over a decade, and has included a 15 percent sodium reduction across the menu, the removal of all kid’s meals from the menu in U.S. stores, and the introduction of the Cantina Power Menu for fans looking for options that are high-protein and under 500 calories. Over the years, Taco Bell has also removed additives such as BHA/BHT, HVPs, MSG, and Azodicarbonamide from its food. The brand is also the first quick serve to serve American Vegetarian Association-certified (AVA) menu items, empowering customers to select from millions of customizable vegetarian options.

News and information presented in this release has not been corroborated by QSR, Food News Media, or Journalistic, Inc.


What about all the other ingredients in their foods? Simplyput, if ALL ingredients being used in any fast food restaurant are notcertified organic, the people who purchase them are ALWAYS going to be at riskfor some type of food borne illness, bacteria, or disease. Not only should theconcern be about making sure ALL ingredients are organic, the next concernshould be about the people who are preparing their foods…completely out ofsight of the patrons who are buying them. This country has become terriblyRELIANT on other people preparing their foods and when they become sick theironly solution is to sue the corporation. Even if they win any money, the damagehas already been done and no amount of money can account for the fact thattheir bodies have been EXPOSED to TOXINS and BACTERIA which can have both SHORTTERM and LONG TERM effects on their immune systems. With all the recent healthscares that have been occurring in this country whether it be from popular chainrestaurants AND the RECALLING of so many artificial food products, it may beabout time for Americans to WAKE UP and REMEMBER that they are HUMAN BEINGS whoare ONLY supposed to eat ORGANICALLY from the earth. I used to be like thetypical American, eating out and eating processed foods….but I recently WOKE UPand now ONLY eat certified organically. I would rather INVEST in buyingORGANICALLY now (since I don’t have a home to grow my food on my own land) ratherthan PAY MORE later in medical bills and prescription drugs due to illnessescaused by eating foods that are FORBIDDEN in the eyes of GOD and completely andutterly against all laws of HUMAN NATURE. So many people make excuses about whythey must feed themselves and their children this fast food and processedartificial garbage and yet they cannot make the connection that it is this typeof eating that is causing them to become sick. It is TIME for the Americanpeople to make HEALTHY eating (and exercise) a PRIORITY in their lives and MAKEA WAY to fit this LIFESTYLE CHANGE into their lives INDEFINITELY! The ONLY FOODS that Human beings are supposed to be eatingare the foods that grow organically from the earth (either purchased at agrocery store, farmers market, or grown on their own land) …..the earth thatGod has created. ( 

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