Monday 30th May 2016
Adrian Barkla becomes first Auckland supermarket owner
to stock only cage-free eggs
Some things are worth standing up for and Adrian Barkla thinks poultry welfare is one of them. From this month he has decided to only sell cage-free eggs in his busy city supermarket.
“We’re really trying to support animal welfare rights wherever we can, and we’d love to see other food retailers do the same.” says Barkla. “Obviously the whole egg situation has been brought to light in the last year and it’s great that this has meant people are starting to think more about where their food comes from, and how animals are treated along the way.”
Barkla already tries to support small local producers, stock as much organic produce as possible and make sure free-range options are available to his customers at New World, Remuera. Now, more than ever before, consumers are rising up against caged hens and animal welfare is guiding their shopping choices. Since he shares these values himself, it seemed like a logical move to put his money where his mouth was.
Adrian and his team have been very selective with their major suppliers, aiming to provide both value for money and high quality eggs. For example Henergy Cage-free eggs have the SPCA tick and Big Paddock hens lead an enviable free range life in the Whangaripo valley. There are of course other cage-free and free range options available as well.
Cage-free hens live in barn situations with room to move and nests to lay their eggs, their free range counterparts have access to the outdoors. It’s a far more humane existence than some of the factory situations that have been brought to light by media in recent times.
Research from the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation supports inclusions of eggs as part of a healthy balanced diet, low in saturated fat.