All of Trader Joe's eggs will be cage-free in 9 years

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Trader Joe's says it's going to be the latest food-world giant to make the increasingly popular move over to sourcing only cage-free eggs. The official announcement is somewhat brief, but in it, the company outlines a plan under which eggs sold out west (i.e., California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado) will transition first by 2020, then eggs everywhere else will follow by 2025, a decade-ish time interval that's fairly standard for the industry. The chain adds that "If market conditions allow us to accomplish these goals earlier, while still providing our customers outstanding value, we will do so."

Oddly, Trader Joe's dumped this news on Friday afternoon, right before a three-day holiday weekend, suggesting maybe the hope was to avoid tons of coverage. It's without a doubt a big move for any grocery chain — Trader Joe's is one of the first to make the commitment — but the sneaky release could be because it fears the people are liable to see the move as coming a little late. Because the chain sort of trailblazed support of the cage-free farming movement (it first started selling cage-free eggs in 2005, and 62 percent of its eggs are currently cage-free), and because even a wholesale chain like Costco, with otherwise-questionable animal-welfare practices, has already made the cage-free commitment, a number of shoppers may have assumed Trader Joe's percentage of cage-free eggs was already 100.

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Buffalo, NY - JULY 10, 2015 - Grocery chain, Trader Joe's, is instantly recognizable once inside. Quirky and witty signs are spread throughout the store, enticing customers, in Buffalo, NY. JULY 10, 2015. Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Buffalo, NY - JULY 10, 2015 - Grocery chain, Trader Joe's, is instantly recognizable once inside. Quirky and witty signs are spread throughout the store, enticing customers, in Buffalo, NY. JULY 10, 2015. Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Buffalo, NY - JULY 10, 2015 - Grocery chain, Trader Joe's, is instantly recognizable once inside. Quirky and witty signs are spread throughout the store, enticing customers, in Buffalo, NY. JULY 10, 2015. Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Packaged avocados destined for Trader Joes stores are readied for transport at Mission Produce in Oxnard. Photo by ^^^/Los Angeles Times (Photo by Steve Osman/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Buffalo, NY - JULY 10, 2015 - Grocery chain, Trader Joe's, is instantly recognizable once inside. Quirky and witty signs are spread throughout the store, enticing customers, in Buffalo, NY. JULY 10, 2015. Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Buffalo, NY - JULY 10, 2015 - Grocery chain, Trader Joe's, is instantly recognizable once inside. Quirky and witty signs are spread throughout the store, enticing customers, in Buffalo, NY. JULY 10, 2015. Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Buffalo, NY - JULY 10, 2015 - Grocery chain, Trader Joe's, is instantly recognizable once inside. Quirky and witty signs are spread throughout the store, enticing customers, in Buffalo, NY. JULY 10, 2015. Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
PINECREST, FL - OCTOBER 18: Shoppers enjoy the grand opening of a Trader Joe's on October 18, 2013 in Pinecrest, Florida. Trader Joe's opened its first store in South Florida where shoppers can now take advantage of the California grocery chains low-cost wines and unique items not found in other stores. About 80 percent of what they sell is under the Trader Joe's private label. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 14: Trader Joe's, located on Colorado Blvd. and East 8th Avenue in Denver, is ready for its grand opening, February, 14 2014. Two other Trader Joe's locations in Colorado will also open today. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 14: Trader Joe's, located on Colorado Blvd. and East 8th Avenue in Denver, is ready for its grand opening, February, 14 2014. Two other Trader Joe's locations in Colorado will also open today. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
PINECREST, FL - OCTOBER 18: Dawn Moreno shops for yogurt as she enjoys the grand opening of a Trader Joe's on October 18, 2013 in Pinecrest, Florida. Trader Joe's opened its first store in South Florida where shoppers can now take advantage of the California grocery chains low-cost wines and unique items not found in other stores. About 80 percent of what they sell is under the Trader Joe's private label. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 14: Trader Joe's, located on Colorado Blvd. and East 8th Avenue in Denver, is ready for its grand opening, February, 14 2014. Two other Trader Joe's locations in Colorado will also open today. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
PINECREST, FL - OCTOBER 18: Dawn Moreno shops for yogurt as she enjoys the grand opening of a Trader Joe's on October 18, 2013 in Pinecrest, Florida. Trader Joe's opened its first store in South Florida where shoppers can now take advantage of the California grocery chains low-cost wines and unique items not found in other stores. About 80 percent of what they sell is under the Trader Joe's private label. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PINECREST, FL - OCTOBER 18: A shopper looks over the meat selection as she visits the grand opening of a Trader Joe's on October 18, 2013 in Pinecrest, Florida. Trader Joe's opened its first store in South Florida where shoppers can now take advantage of the California grocery chains low-cost wines and unique items not found in other stores. About 80 percent of what they sell is under the Trader Joe's private label. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PINECREST, FL - OCTOBER 18: A shopper looks over the dairy section as she visits the grand opening of a Trader Joe's on October 18, 2013 in Pinecrest, Florida. Trader Joe's opened its first store in South Florida where shoppers can now take advantage of the California grocery chains low-cost wines and unique items not found in other stores. About 80 percent of what they sell is under the Trader Joe's private label. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PINECREST, FL - OCTOBER 18: Shoppers enjoy the grand opening of a Trader Joe's on October 18, 2013 in Pinecrest, Florida. Trader Joe's opened its first store in South Florida where shoppers can now take advantage of the California grocery chains low-cost wines and unique items not found in other stores. About 80 percent of what they sell is under the Trader Joe's private label. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Not helping matters, either, is a Change.org petition that went up three weeks ago called "Tell Trader Joe's to Go 100% Cage-Free." It was launched by an otherwise "loyal" customer who explains how "surprised and disappointed" she was to learn Trader Joe's still sells eggs laid by hens in shoebox-size cages. These kinds of things spring up all the time, but her sudden shock was apparently widely felt — the petition quickly went viral, racking up over 100,000 supporters so far. "Target, Costco, and Starbucks have recently joined the cage free movement after public pressure from consumers," the creator wrote. "Are we to believe Trader Joe's cannot go cage-free when everyone from Target to McDonald's is willing to listen to the public?"

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