Arturo Elizondo, CEO of The Every Company, and Elysabeth Alfano, host of The Plantbased Business Hour, discuss the disruption happening in the egg market and the desperate need for a shift to eggs without the chickens…in our lifetime!
Did you know?
- It can take 2000 liters of water for 12 eggs.
- A hen will lay 24-42 a year in nature and 278 eggs a year in factory farms. Don’t let the cage-free, certified humane and free-roaming slogans fool you. It is an abysmal, reproductive slavery, painful life…nothing humane about it.
- Chickens can recognize up to 100 animal and human faces?
Elysabeth: Arturo thanks for being with me. How many companies that you’re dealing with right now realize or admit or compute the negative impacts that these industries have?
Arturo Elizondo: I mean I think at the end of the day they all get that using animals is not ideal. I wouldn’t say maybe that the environmental or ethical dilemmas are the key drivers. I think ultimately companies want to make money and they want to exist. They don’t want to disappear and consumers are really changing, right? And I can’t underscore this enough, that the power of the consumer is incredible. In the last five years, one huge tailwind for us as a B to B business has been that almost every major company that’s headquartered in North America has publicly committed to going cage-free by 2025.
McDonald’s uses over two billion eggs just in the US and Canada every single year. Walmart, Sodexo, Compass, the largest food service companies, Starbucks, Burger King, Taco Bell, Kelloggs and General Mills; every major company has publicly committed to going cage-free and that introduces a whole new host of challenges because [being cage-free means it is ] a lot more expensive because chickens can now move, which is crazy. They can move so they’re now consuming more feed which raises the cost of production and then you cannot cram as many chickens anymore into a single factory farm and so the supply chain becomes incredibly more complex. And what’s really exciting is that because these companies are already transitioning, we can more or less intercept the process and say “look you’re already transitioning to cage-free, why not just leapfrog that and go straight to animal-free.”
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