University is a Good Egg for backing free-range policy

The University of Sussex catering team was presented with a Compassion in World Farming Good Egg Award at a special ceremony at the House of Parliament on May 14, in celebration of its switch to a free-range eggs only policy for campus.

The award certificate was presented by Rosie Boycott, chair of London Food, on behalf of Compassion in World Farming, the leading farm animal welfare charity, to celebrate the University's achievement.

In 2008, the University's Catering Services, which serves a campus community of more than 10,000 people daily, completed a successful campus-wide switch to free-range eggs.

Today, the University Catering Service uses only whole, fresh free-range eggs (no powdered or liquid egg is used in Catering Services) in its food right across campus, including the student refectory and corporate hospitality. Eggs are also locally sourced. The University uses around 70,000 eggs per year.

Now in its third year, The Good Egg Awards were developed by Compassion in World Farming to celebrate companies, brands and institutions that have committed to freeing millions of hens from a life of suffering in battery cages. Other UK winners receiving awards at the 14 May ceremony included Debenhams, John Lewis, Little Chef, Fox's Biscuits, Starbucks Coffee Company UK, Virgin Trains and Walkers Shortbread.

To date, Good Egg Awards' winners have released over 20 million hens from cages every year due to their cage-free egg policies or commitments to stop sourcing their eggs from cage systems.

Director of Residential, Sport and Trading Services Charles Dudley and colleagues David Chick (Hospitality General Manager), Sarah Wilkinson (Commercial Operations Manager ) and Mark Hancock  (Executive Chef ) attended the ceremony, at the Terrace Pavilion at the Houses of Parliament.

Charles Dudley says: "We were delighted to receive the award. It recognises our commitment to compassionately farmed and locally produced food which is also healthy and nutritious"

" The reward reflects the steps we have taken following consultations with students and staff during the catering review and promoted by the Food for US campaign. It confirms we were listening and acting on customer feedback"

Compassion in World Farming spokeswoman Anna Fraser says: "We are delighted to award the University of Sussex a Good Egg Award for using free-range eggs in all in-house catering. This is a truly excellent animal welfare move and demonstrates that the University of Sussex is taking the lead on issues that matter to staff and students.

"The University of Sussex stands out as one of the larger University caterers that is keen to make the most of its ethical policies."

 Notes for Editors

The Good Egg Awards for 2009 were announced at the Houses of Parliament Terrace Pavilion at 7.30pm on Thursday 14 May. For further details contact Anna Fraser on 01483 521 967 or email

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Compassion in World Farming was founded over 40 years ago in 1967 by a British farmer. Today it campaigns peacefully to end all cruel factory farming practices. For more information see Compassion_in_World_Farming and see also Good Egg Awards

By: Jacqui Bealing
Last updated: Thursday, 10 September 2009