Burnbrae Farms: A Canadian Family Business Committed to Sustainable Egg Farming


Margaret Hudson © Courtesy of Burnbrae Farms

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By Margaret Hudson, President and CEO at Burnbrae Farms

It’s safe to say that when my great-grandparents purchased our family farm back in 1891, they had no idea of the legacy they were creating. Today, more than 130 years later, Burnbrae Farms has grown into a collaborative and resilient business. We are very proud of our role in feeding eggs to millions of Canadian families.

The strength of our business stems from our family values, which have sustainability at heart. We are very proud to be an organization that genuinely cares about people, animals, and the environment. This is nothing new for us. Being mindful of the impacts we have on our world has influenced the decisions we’ve made throughout our company’s history from the very beginning.

Sustainability is an integral part of both our heritage and our purpose. Linked to our corporate strategy, our sustainability mandate focuses on five key pillars: Environment, Animal Care, Health and Well-Being, Safe Nourishing Food, and Community Spirit. We are committed to offering safe, nutritious, and affordable eggs and egg products to Canadians while focusing on high-priority issues in areas where we can make the most significant impact, like reducing our energy consumption and waste to landfills.

As an example, in 2019, we built our first solar-powered egg-laying farm in Woodstock, Ontario, and launched the Green Valley Farms™ brand. This farm has the capacity to produce free-range eggs with 100 percent clean, green energy. Leveraging the success of this initial solar project, we recently opened a second solar field on our original family farm in Lyn, Ontario, Canada. 

Section of Burnbrae's solar field in Lyn, Ontario © Courtesy of Burnbrae Farms

As well, in 2021, we took the time to define our culture further and establish new company values. As part of this important initiative, we gathered feedback from our stakeholders and refined our sustainability goals, setting long-term commitments that will help to drive our efforts in this area even further. As part of this commitment, we recently announced a net-zero carbon emission commitment by 2050. We will be working on a plan toward further interim emission reduction targets along the way.

We are very proud of what we do and are thankful for our many loyal customers. For us, being responsible for providing safe, affordable, and nutritious food to Canadians is an honour and a privilege. You can find us in your local grocery store under the Burnbrae Farms™ and Green Valley Farms™ brand names.

To read more about our sustainability efforts, I welcome you to read our first public report found on our website at www.burnbraefarms.com.

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Burnbrae Farms is a sixth generation Canadian family–owned and operated company that continues to be one of Canada’s leading egg farmers, with farms, grading stations and processing operations across the country.


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