Taco Bell is the latest fast-food chain to promise cage-free eggs

Taco Bell Going Cage-Free


Barely two weeks ago, critics argued that Taco Bell parent company Yum! Brands was pretty much the only major fast-food player still dragging its feet on the issue of sourcing better, more humane ingredients.

That timing was prescient, it seems: In an announcement sent out this morning, Taco Bell says that will finally change at its 6,000 U.S. locations. By December 31, 2016, every egg the chain uses will be cage-free.

The Humane Society is already praising the news, saying it means that half a million hens a year will get roomier digs.

Related: See a cage-free 'chicken nirvana' farm in Iowa:
0 PHOTOS
NTP: Cage-free chickens
See Gallery
Taco Bell is the latest fast-food chain to promise cage-free eggs
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

While Taco Bell is relatively late to the cage-free party, reps for the chain say they've found a way to make the change a lot faster than everybody else. Taco Bell's one-year turnaround will beat Panera and Starbucks by three years and McDonald's by, incredibly, the better part of a decade.

Taco Bell's pledge and the relative speed with which it'll carry it out are certainly worth applauding, but it's still a shame that these commitments are still at least a year away — especially since Chipotle doesn't (yet) offer its version of biscuit tacos.

More from Grub Street:
Chris Kimball Is Leaving America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Illustrated
Urban Outfitters Will Buy One of America's Most Celebrated Restaurant Groups
5 Thanksgiving Pies That Break the Traditional Mold
Read Full Story

Markets

DJIA 26,670.13 264.37 1.00%
NASDAQ 8,030.26 80.22 1.01%
NIKKEI 225 23,674.93 2.41 0.01%
HANG SENG 27,477.67 70.30 0.26%
DAX 12,326.48 107.46 0.88%
USD (per EUR) 1.18 0.01 0.82%
USD (per CHF) 0.96 -0.01 -0.71%
JPY (per USD) 112.49 0.18 0.16%
GBP (per USD) 1.33 0.01 0.87%