News: 14 February 2017

Ewing Poultry free range and barn eggs gets SPCA Blue Tick® of approval 

Ewing Poultry, a family owned and operated farm south of Nelson is the latest to become
SPCA Blue Tick® approved for its free range and barn eggs sold throughout New Zealand.   


This is great news for consumers, an even wider variety of high welfare approved eggs to choose from, says SPCA Blue Tick® Business Unit Manager Ségolène de Fontenay.


“We are excited to welcome Ewing Poultry, they’ve received SPCA Blue Tick® approval on their free range and barn eggs by meeting our stringent high animal welfare standards. Consumers can buy these eggs with assurance that the hens are well looked after,” says de Fontenay.


Lloyd and Gwen Ewing established Ewing Poultry in 1981. In 2004 they saw growing demand for free range eggs and started their high animal welfare journey by changing their method of producing eggs from caged to free range.


The SPCA Blue Tick’s® high animal welfare standards fit well with our farming philosophy and we support our customers’ awareness of knowing and caring how their food is farmed, says Ewing Poultry General Manager Paul Ewing.


“Our priority is to the welfare of our hens and our ongoing commitment is to give them the best conditions possible and providing our customers with high quality, tasty eggs” says Paul Ewing


“By moving forward to a sustainable future we researched European standards for free range and barn systems and we found within New Zealand the SPCA Blue Tick® is in keeping with the high EU standards and our own philosophy of high animal welfare standards,” he concludes.


Consumers can choose from a variety of high welfare approved eggs including Sungold Organic free range, Golden Downs Organic free range, Doug’s free range, Quail Valley free range, Sungold barn/cage free and Ewing barn/cage free.  


Sungold Organic and Golden Downs Organic free range eggs can be purchased at some stores nationwide, with all of its other SPCA Blue Tick® accredited eggs able to be purchased at  Pak N Save, New World, Fresh Choice and some Four Square stores  in Christchurch, West Coast, Kaikoura, Marlborough, Nelson and Tasman regions. 


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Leandri Smith, PR Republic, 027 365 9003,

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