A number of hospitality operators including contract caterer Harbour & Jones, Little Chef, Starbucks and salad bar chain Tossed last night received the Good Egg Award from welfare charity Compassion in World Farming.
The awards, for committing to ditch the battery cage egg in favour of eggs from free-range, organic or barn kept hens, were handed to 34 organisations in total, including the BBC, Channel 4, Debenhams, John Lewis and Virgin Trains.
Philip Lymbery, Compassion in World Farming's chief executive, said: "Our spread of winners this year really demonstrates that the European food industry is taking this issue seriously.
"We've got companies from all sectors making a move to cage-free eggs, including the catering operations of public bodies, hospitals and universities. They are clearly responding to what they think consumers want and are doing what's best for the future of their business."
Last month, 70 European companies from 17 countries including France, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic and Hungary also received their Compassion in World Farming Good Egg Awards
Sales of free range and barn kept eggs made up 61% of the £700m UK retail shell egg market from August 2007 to August 2008.
Full list of UK winners:
- Birkbeck, University of London (Sodexo)
- John Lewis
- Little Chef
- Midlothian District Council
- British Library
- New Forest District Council
- Bristol Zoo
- Loupe Group (includes Cargo, Camino and Big Chill restaurants)
- Oxford Brookes University
- Premier Bakeries
- Channel 4
- Quakers Friends House
- Quorn (part of Premier Foods)
- Derbyshire County Council
- Royal Brompton Hospital
- East Ayrshire Council
- Royal Marsden Hospital, London
- Farnborough Sixth Form College
- Starbucks UK
- Fox's Biscuits (part of Northern Foods)
- Thamesbrook Nursing and Residential
- Harbour & Jones
- Havant Borough Council
- University of Sussex
- Higgidy Pies
- University of Winchester
- Imperial College
- Virgin Trains
- Isle of Wight District Council
- Walkers Shortbread
By Daniel Thomas
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