By the end of June, the Pennsylvania retailer will be cooking with eggs considered more socially acceptable.
Throughout the month of June, Rutter’s is switching to cage-free eggs for all foodservice offerings in all stores, which will make Rutter’s the largest, publicly-announced, US convenience store chain to make the change to cage-free eggs this year.
Going forward, 96% of Rutter’s total egg business will be cage-free, according to a recent company statement. Rutter’s, based in York, Pa., expects the conversion to be completed by the end of this month. Cage-free eggs are defined as, “eggs laid by hens that are able to roam vertically and horizontally in indoor houses, and have access to fresh food and water,” by United Egg Producers.
The eggs will be offered to Rutter’s customers in a variety of items including breakfast sandwiches, basket meals and wraps.
“Since the beginning of the year, we have been putting a focus on fresh and local products and ingredients used in our foodservice items,” said Ryan Krebs, director of foodservice for Rutter’s. “By choosing to go cage-free, we are appealing to the new demand for better eggs. This also aligns with our goal to provide our customers with restaurant quality food,”
With roots dating back to 1747, Rutter’s now operates at least 70 stores in Pennsylvania. Rutter’s is widely recognized as an industry leader in foodservice, innovative technology, and customer service.
Rutter’s, which celebrated it’s 50th anniversary in 2018, has been recognized as the US Convenience Chain of the Year by Convenience Store Decisions and earned the distinction of being the only US convenience store chain to be recognized as International Convenience Retailer of the Year by NACS Insight.
Rutter’s is currently led by family leadership with Scott Hartman president and CEO, Todd Rutter as president of Rutter’s Dairy, and Tim Rutter as president of M&G Realty.