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KROGER CO. LAYS PLANS FOR 'EGGS-CITING' NEW PRODUCT

 WASHINGTON, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ohio-based Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), the nation's largest supermarket chain, has joined the growing list of grocery stores who are offering eggs from free-roaming hens--an alternative to the caged-hen eggs currently sold in America's supermarkets.
 According to The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), nearly 98 percent of the eggs produced in the United States come from hens who are crowded into wire "battery" cages so small they can not spread their wings. Unlike the battery-caged hens, uncaged or free-roaming hens are allowed to exercise, scratch for food, preen themselves and lay their eggs in the comfort and security of a nest.
 The Kroger Co. decided to carry uncaged hen eggs in response to increased consumer demand for humanely raised eggs. The increased demand for these eggs resulted from an HSUS consumer education campaign that is being conducted in Columbus, Ohio, and several other cities across the United States.
 Dr. Melanie Adcock, director of The HSUS' farm animals department, says high sales could encourage other supermarkets to carry uncaged hen eggs.
 "Once grocers realize that consumers are willing to support humanely raised eggs, they will begin to stock them regularly," Adcock says. "I believe consumer demand will eventually put these eggs in every supermarket in America."
 The Kroger Co. says it will carry uncaged hen eggs at stores in Columbus, Toledo, select areas in Southern Ohio and in West Virginia.
 The first delivery of these eggs is scheduled for June 3.
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 /CONTACT: Brenda K. Foster of The Humane Society of the United States, 301-258-3072/
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