press release

February 22, 2016

Contact:
Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
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Giant Food clarifies cage-free egg stance: Based on available supply and market conditions, our goal is to be 100% cage free overall by 2022.

Animal welfare is an issue that we care about greatly and we believe that cage-free environments are a more humane way to treat hens. To get to 100% cage free eggs as quickly as possible, we have committed to have all of our private label shell eggs 100% cage-free by 2022, a much shorter timeframe than some other retailers and food service companies have announced. Today, private label constitutes 80% of our sales of shell eggs, so this is a very significant step forward.

We believe the announcement we made is the best way to persuade the egg industry to quickly start making the significant investments needed to go cage free. Based on available supply and market conditions, our goal is to be 100% cage free overall by 2022. As the first mainstream grocery retailer, we are proud to lead the industry in going to cage free and hope with our announcement that the entire grocery industry will go there with us.

Giant Food to sell only cage-free private label shell eggs

Transition to be complete by 2022

Landover, Md. (February 22, 2016) – As part of its responsible retailing efforts, Giant Food today announced that its private label shell eggs will be 100% cage-free by 2022.

Giant Food now offers cage-free, free-range, organic, and traditional egg varieties for its customers. Approximately 80% of all eggs sold by Giant Food are sold as “Own Brands” or private label. Giant Food’s responsible retailing program promises customers healthy products and services that are sourced with respect for people, animals and the environment.

Ahold USA also announced the news with the following statements:

“Animal welfare is a fundamental part of our responsible retailing program,” said Marissa Nelson, senior vice president of responsible retailing and healthy living, Ahold USA. “We believe that cage-free environments are a more humane way to treat hens, and we have committed to have all of our private label shell eggs 100% cage-free, subject to available supply.”

“Ahold USA is deeply committed to providing customers with great products at great prices from suppliers who share our dedication to the highest standards of animal welfare,” continued Nelson. “We will continue to work with the most reputable suppliers to source our private label cage-free shell eggs produced with respect for the animal.”

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.

Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 168 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 168 stores are 159 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Ahold USA, Inc. For more information on Giant, visit Giant