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Calgary Co-op members rejected a resolution that calls for the business to sell only eggs from cage-free hens and pork products from farms that do not use gestation crates by 2018.
About 60 percent of the members voted against the resolution, while 32 percent voted in favor and 8 percent abstained, according to a report from the Calgary Sun.
A key reason cited for the measure’s defeat was to avoid raising the cost of the products to consumers.
A transition away from eggs produced using traditional cages is still expected, as the cooperative is a member of Federated Co-operatives Ltd,, which is a member of the Retail Council of Canada (RTC). RTC has committed to transitioning to cage-free eggs by the end of 2025.
Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) in 2016 announced that it would phase out conventional hen housing by 2036.
According to its website, Calgary Co-op is one of the largest retail cooperatives in North America. It has more than 460,000 members and 4,000 employees, with assets valued at CA$519 million (US$386 million) and annual sales of over CA$1.2 billion (US$890 million).