press release

February 22, 2016

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Giant Food Stores clarifies cage-free egg stance: Based on available supply and market conditions, our goal is to be 100% cage free overall by 2022.

Animal welfare is an issue that we care about greatly and we believe that cage-free environments are a more humane way to treat hens. To get to 100% cage free eggs as quickly as possible, we have committed to have all of our private label shell eggs 100% cage-free by 2022, a much shorter timeframe than some other retailers and food service companies have announced. Today, private label constitutes 80% of our sales of shell eggs, so this is a very significant step forward.

We believe the announcement we made is the best way to persuade the egg industry to quickly start making the significant investments needed to go cage free. Based on available supply and market conditions, our goal is to be 100% cage free overall by 2022. As the first mainstream grocery retailer, we are proud to lead the industry in going to cage free and hope with our announcement that the entire grocery industry will go there with us.

GIANT FOOD STORES AND MARTIN’S FOOD MARKETS COMMIT TO SELL ONLY CAGE-FREE PRIVATE LABEL SHELL EGGS

Transition to be complete by 2022

Carlisle, PA – As part of its responsible retailing efforts, GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets today announced that its private label shell eggs will be 100% cage-free by 2022.

GIANT/MARTIN’S now offer cage-free, free-range, organic, and traditional egg varieties for its customers. Approximately 80% of all eggs sold by GIANT/MARTIN’S are sold as “Own Brands” or private label. GIANT/MARTIN’S responsible retailing program promises customers healthy products and services that are sourced with respect for people, animals and the environment.

Ahold USA also announced the news with the following statements:

“Animal welfare is a fundamental part of our responsible retailing program,” said Marissa Nelson, senior vice president of responsible retailing and healthy living, Ahold USA. “We believe that cage-free environments are a more humane way to treat hens, and we have committed to have all of our private label shell eggs 100% cage-free, subject to available supply.”

“Ahold USA is deeply committed to providing customers with great products at great prices from suppliers who share our dedication to the highest standards of animal welfare,” continued Nelson. “We will continue to work with the most reputable suppliers to source our private label cage-free shell eggs produced with respect for the animal.”

About GIANT/MARTIN’S

GIANT/MARTIN’S is committed to working every day to help its customers save money, save time and eat well. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 33,000 associates and is a division of Ahold USA. In addition to working with hundreds of local and regional organizations annually, GIANT/MARTIN’S has a long-standing focus on efforts to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children. GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. The company was also recognized as 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year by Grocery Headquarters. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites. Find GIANT and MARTIN'S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.