At Harmons, we’re committed to providing our customers with quality products, while also supporting the ethical and humane treatment of animals. In 2020, we hit an important benchmark with more than half of the eggs we offer (51.5%) coming from cage-free, free-range, or pasture-raised environments. We are working with the Humane League to reach our goal of 100% cage-free eggs within the next year. While our timeline has shifted based on challenges our suppliers face related to COVID-19, we remain committed to reaching our goal. By the end of the first quarter of 2021, we expect all of our private label eggs to be cage free.
And it’s not just chickens we care about. We recognize the importance of investing in operating more sustainably in all areas of our business. Managing our global fisheries and keeping our oceans healthy is another area of concern. We want to continue to provide our customers with a regular and diverse supply of seafood but not if it means that future generations won’t have access to these same fish.
We use Monterrey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch to make sure that our customers can make informed decisions related to their seafood purchases. This tool allows us to label the fish we sell as better and best options related to the health and sustainability of that species. Fortunately, our main vendor, Pacific Seafood, is one of the leaders in the industry. They focus on purchasing third party certified—MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) and BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices)—wild and farmed seafood. They have also been in the business over 75 years and understand the importance of preserving healthy fisheries for generations to come.