Egg Industry - January 2018 - 20
20 ❙ EggIndustry
With its own packing station,
the farm cuts down on food
miles. Distinctive packaging
will allow it to stand out
on the shelf at Lidl
CO2-NEUTRAL EGG FARM
kets, which carry up to 35 different lines of eggs, Lidl
only has four. One line is now the Kipster brand, which is
sold in distinctive packaging, meaning consumer acceptance will be easy to evaluate. In addition, Lidl will stock
meat products made from the spent hens.
Interest in adopting the concept has been expressed by
producers in Europe, the U.S. and Canada, and discussions have started on building at three to four more sites.
While the concept will remain the same, it can be
scaled up. This first farm holds 24,000 birds, but its developers say farms could be built to hold 3,000 to 96,000.
Because the concept is emission neutral and its architecture designed to blend the building into local surroundings, it
could, in theory, be built in a city center. While unlikely, this
means Kipster farms can be built close to centers of consumption, so cutting down on food miles. Tree planting is
integral to the design and silos are hidden from sight, which
should help to overcome possible planning objections.
However, there is a further element that may help to
win favor with local communities: The farm comes with
an education center. ■
Visit us at IPPE, booth B7235