We are pleased to share that as of January 2021, all Heinen’s stores will carry only cage-free shell eggs.
At Heinen’s, we strive to partner with companies who share our values, including a commitment to work to improve animal welfare. Not only do we believe that it is the right thing to do, it results in a higher quality product and is important to our customers.
But what, exactly, does “cage-free” mean? For most hens, it represents a vast improvement in life. Cage-free hens, are kept in areas with space to preen, scratch, stretch and engage in natural chicken behavior.
All Heinen’s-branded eggs meet the United Egg Producer’s guidelines regulating temperatures, air quality, nesting space and the availability of fresh food and water.
Additionally, to help ensure freshness, all Heinen’s branded-eggs are sourced from local Ohio farms and are processed within 24 hours of being laid.
The most popular varieties among Heinen’s customers are the Organic and Omega-3 Enriched cage-free eggs. The organic label means that the birds are fed certified-organic feed and cannot be dosed with antibiotics. As for Omega-3, this essential fatty acid is packed into the hens’ feed as well and is loaded with heart-healthy benefits. Omega-3 Enriched eggs are an important source of this beneficial nutrient because our bodies cannot make it on their own.
To assist customers in easily finding their favorite variety, we’ve introduced entirely new packaging. Newly designed signage will also help point the way.
In order to fully serve customer needs, several other brands of cage-free eggs are available at Heinen’s, including Eggland’s Best, Organic Valley, Pete and Gerry, Greenfield Farms and Phil’s (Chicago only).
Free-range eggs are available from Nellies, NestFresh and Country Hen Heirlooms.
Pasture-raised eggs are available from NestFresh, Vital Farms, Handsome Brook and Hillandale Farms. Davidson supplies pasteurized cage-free eggs.
Time to get cracking!