Panera Bread Co. announced that its restaurants will stop using hens confined in cages over the next five years.
The Sunset Hills-based chain said that by 2020, its eggs will be completely cage-free. Global chains like McDonalds and Starbucks have announced similar pledges over the past few weeks.
Panera said about 21 percent of its eggs come from cage-free hens — which are chickens that are allowed to roam around chicken houses. That’s up from 18 percent in December 2014, according to the company.
The Humane Society of the United States commended Panera for its efforts, saying it has worked with the chain and other restaurants for more than a decade to bring about this change.