Aldi Cage Free, Organic, and Free Range Eggs

Aldi has really cheap eggs. Egg prices fluctuate constantly due to market variations, but sometimes Aldi’s regular Goldhen Eggs go as cheap as 48 cents per dozen. Most of the time, they tend to hover between 79 cents and $1.19 in my area.

Aldi’s cheapest Goldhen Eggs have a United Egg Producers Certification on the carton, which says the chickens that laid them are raised humanely, but if you want some other options besides the standard cheap eggs — such as cage free, organic, or free range — Aldi has them.

Here are your other three choices in addition to the bargain eggs at Aldi:

Goldhen Cage Free Large Grade A Brown Eggs

Goldhen Cage Free Eggs

At the time of writing, these eggs cost $2.29 for one dozen. We bought these eggs when we tried Instacart.

The carton states these eggs are CA SEFS Compliant, meaning they are California Shell Egg Food Safety Compliant. This means they have gone through added measures to reduce Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) contamination.

The carton states these eggs from my Aldi store in the Midwest were packed at 1657 W. Tipton St. in Seymour, Indiana, which is the corporate headquarters for Rose Acre Farms. Rose Acre Farms, which also produces Aldi’s regular, cheap Goldhen Eggs, is the second largest egg producer in the United States.

Rose Acre Farms’ website states: “All of our cage-free facilities are American Humane Certified to meet or exceed standards for cage-free living conditions.”

Be aware that cage free does not mean the chickens have access to the outdoors. It means they do not live in cages, but they still most likely live inside large barns.

One Goldhen Cage Free Egg equals 70 calories, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 70 mg of sodium, 0 grams of sugars, and 6 grams of protein. One egg also has 6% of your daily value of Vitamin D, 2% calcium, 6% iron, and 2% potassium.

Simply Nature Cage Free Organic Large Brown Eggs

SimplyNature Cage Free Organic Eggs

SimplyNature Cage Free Organic Eggs

These cost $3.49 for one dozen at the time of writing. The carton states the chickens are raised humanely on sustainable farms and are fed an all-natural grain feed. The carton also says the eggs are Grade A and USDA Organic, certified organic by Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA), and the carton says the chickens are “certified humane” in the way they are raised and handled. The carton also states the eggs are produced without the use of hormones, although federal regulations don’t allow the use of hormones in the production of chicken, so that label causes confusion among consumers.

According to the carton, these eggs were voted by consumers as a “Best New Product” in 2017 as part of the BrandSpark Best New Products Award survey and real user feedback from Shopper Army.

There is no information on the carton anywhere stating where these eggs were packed or produced. All of Aldi’s other egg options have this information on their cartons, so it’s a bit puzzling and frustrating that we have no idea where these eggs come from or who oversees their production.

The inside flap on the carton says, “The Simply Nature Cage Free Organic Eggs come from cage free hens that are fed an all-natural, organically grown vegetarian diet. Simply Nature cage free hens live in spacious barns where they have access to the outdoors.”

A vegetarian diet is common now among grocery-store eggs, but chickens are naturally omnivores, meaning they eat plants and meat (insects, frogs, and even mice). Some writers point out that vegetarian feed is popular because it reduces the risk of transmitting latent animal diseases via poultry feed, and customers often think “vegetarian” sounds healthier, but it’s not what hens actually prefer.

Regarding the chickens’ access to the outdoors, the definition of “outdoors” can be different depending on the operation. Sometimes it means the hens actually set foot on soil, and other times it means they only go onto a covered porch. The Organic Consumer’s Association states to “be wary of retail grocery chains that sell ‘organic’ eggs under their own label, including Aldi’s Simply Nature, Whole Foods 365 Organic, Trader Joe’s, Kroger Simple Truth, Costco, Walmart, etc. Most of these store-brand eggs are produced by industrial-scale organic producers.”

The inside of this egg carton states the eggs meet “the Humane Farm Animal Care Program standards, which include nutritious diet without antibiotics, animals raised with shelter, resting areas, sufficient space and the ability to engage in natural behaviors.”

One Simply Nature Cage Free Organic Egg equals 70 calories, 65 mg of sodium, 1 gram of saturated fat, and 0 grams of sugars. One egg also has 6 grams of protein, along with 6% of your daily value of Vitamin D, 2% potassium, 2% calcium, and 6% iron.

Goldhen Free Range Large Grade A Brown Eggs

Goldhen Free Range Brown Eggs

Goldhen Free Range Brown Eggs

These eggs are the newest among egg choices at Aldi. I’m not sure when they hit store shelves, but I first noticed them in April of 2019. I could be wrong, but they appear to be a Regular Buy that will be in stores all the time because I did not see a label on the price sign indicating that they are a limited-time ALDI Find or Seasonal Favorite. They are produced in the region where I live (more on that in a bit), so I’m not sure if they’re available at Aldi stores everywhere in the U.S. or just in my part of the Midwest. They cost $2.69 per dozen but were on sale for $2.39 at the time of publication.

The carton states they are sustainably raised, 100% vegetable fed (read more about how chickens are not vegetarians here and here), and raised on small family farms. The carton states they are gluten free, but since all eggs are, it’s honestly silly to print it on the carton.

Like the Simply Nature Cage Free Organic Eggs, these free range eggs have a seal indicating they are Certified Humane in the way they were raised and handled. The package states the eggs meet “the Humane Farm Animal Care Program standards, which include nutritious diet without antibiotics, animals raised with shelter, resting areas, sufficient space and the ability to engage in natural behaviors.”

The carton says the eggs are packed in Smithton, Missouri, and Berryville, Arkansas. A Google search for those two locations along with the word “eggs” displays the website for Mid-States Specialty Eggs, which raises free range, cage free, pasture raised, organic, and non-GMO eggs.

Their site states: “Free Range Eggs are laid by Hens that have access to the outdoors. Every morning (weather permitting), each hen is free to walk outside to feel the warm sunshine on her face. She is free to spread her wings, run, forage for insects, and take a dust bath.”

A document listing standards for free range hens to be Certified Humane states that they are “kept in houses with daily access to an uncovered outdoor area weather permitting. The minimum outdoor space requirement is 2 square feet (0.19 square meters) per bird.” It also states the outdoor area should “consist of ground covered by living vegetation where possible.” Additionally, the outdoor area must have sufficient shade and cover, and “outdoor access must be provided for a minimum of 6 hours per day during the daytime, except during inclement weather or for veterinary or emergency reasons.”

Overall, if you’re concerned about animal welfare and allowing chickens to live like chickens should, and if you’re not buying eggs directly from a local farmer or at a farmers market, these free range eggs are probably your best option at Aldi.

One Goldhen Free Range egg has 70 calories, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 70 mg of sodium, 0 grams of total sugars, and 6 grams of protein, along with 6% of your daily value of Vitamin D, 2% potassium, 2% calcium, and 6% iron.

The Verdict:

Keep in mind that we think every Aldi egg we tested tastes more or less the same. That said, if you’re concerned about the welfare of the chickens who lay the eggs, Aldi has other options besides its cheapest, basic Goldhen Eggs.

Aldi sells Goldhen Cage Free Eggs, which come from chickens that do not live in cages but are probably raised inside large barns.

Aldi also sells Simply Nature Cage Free Organic Eggs that come from hens that have some form of access to the outdoors, although the exact definition of outdoor access can be unclear in the poultry industry, and in some cases such chickens just have access to a covered porch; it’s not clear what type of outdoor access the chickens that produce Aldi’s eggs have.

Finally, Aldi also sells Goldhen Free Range Large Grade A Brown Eggs. These hens have access to the outdoors, and the carton states they are raised by small family farms. They seem to be the best option at Aldi if you’re interested in animal welfare.

All of these egg options are improvements over chickens raised in crowded cages, although they are not the same as buying eggs directly from a farmer or from your local farmers market that have been produced by pasture-raised chickens.

About Rachael

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