Ingles Markets shifts its own egg sales to cage-free

ASHEVILLE, N.C., 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) today announced it will support the industry-wide transition to cage-free hen housing by shifting its own egg sales to cage-free, joining a growing list retailers, restaurants, food manufacturers and egg producers that have announced similar plans.

Under the company’s new plan, Ingles’ goal is to have 100% of both the shell and liquid eggs it sells come from cage-free hens by 2025.

“Ingles supports the industry’s cage-free trajectory, and looks forward to working with our suppliers to achieve a cage-free supply chain,” said Ron Freeman, Ingles’ Chief Financial Officer. “This shift represents a natural part of Ingles’ ongoing work to ensure animals in our supply chain are provided with the ‘Five Freedoms’ of animal welfare, including the ability to engage in their natural behaviors.”

The Humane Society of the United States supports Ingles’ move.

“We applaud Ingles for addressing this important animal welfare issue,” said Matthew Prescott, senior food policy director for The Humane Society of the United States. “This commitment to offer products that come at a value and align with consumers’ values is a positive move for animals and customers alike.”

About Ingles Markets, Incorporated
Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 202 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website www.ingles-markets.com.


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Sonic Corp. to serve 100% cage-free egg products in its restaurants by 2025

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced it will serve 100% cage-free egg products in its restaurants by 2025. Each year, SONIC purchases 155 million eggs to serve 81 million Breakfast Burritos and Breakfast Toaster® sandwiches.

“Today’s customer wants to know their food is sourced responsibly,” said Cliff Hudson, Sonic Corp. CEO. “Our announcement today reinforces SONIC’s continued commitment to the care and welfare of the animals in our supply chain and transparent communication with our customers about our practices.”

“SONIC was one of the first restaurant chains to address animal welfare, and its cage-free announcement now demonstrates how seriously it takes the issue,” said Matthew Prescott, senior food policy director for The Humane Society of the United States. “We welcome SONIC’s shift to cage-free eggs as an important advancement.”

The Company has also committed to eliminating gestation crates for sow housing from its supply chain by 2022 and continues to make progress against that goal.

About SONIC
SONIC, America’s Drive-In, is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For more than 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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