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Rutter's making switch to cage-free eggs

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Rutter's is making a switch at its entire convenience-store chain that it hopes will go over easy.

This month, the family-owned food company will transition to offering cage-free eggs at its 70 locations in Central Pennsylvania. Rutter’s expects the changeover to be complete by the end of June.

Cage-free eggs will be offered in the food-service side of Rutter's, which includes eggs for sandwiches, wraps, baskets and bowls. Rutter’s said the transition will take the total egg business for the Manchester Township-based company to 96 percent cage-free.

According to the United Egg Producers, eggs are considered cage-free if they are laid by by hens that can roam freely in indoor houses and have access to fresh food and water.

"Since the beginning of the year, we have been putting a focus on fresh and local products and ingredients used in our foodservice items. 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," Ryan Krebs, Rutter’s director of foodservice, said in a statement.

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Emily Thurlow

Emily Thurlow

​Emily Thurlow covers York County​ for the Central Penn Business Journal. Have a tip? Drop her a line at ethurlow@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter @localloislane.

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