Food producers and manufacturers leading on animal welfare, report finds


By Henry Sandercock, The Grocer (UK)

30 March 2021


Food producers and manufacturers have been outpacing retailers on improving animal welfare, the latest version of the annual Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare report has found.


Suppliers increased their average score from 33% in 2019 to 38% last year, while supermarkets and wholesalers only improved by 1%, taking them to an average of 36% during the same period.


Thirteen producers and manufacturers moved up at least one tier on BBFAW’s company rankings, with Barilla, Fonterra and Unilever all jumping to second-tier positions. The second tier of the rankings denoted firms for whom animal welfare is ‘integral to [their] business strategy’.


Four out of five of the firms in the top ‘leadership’ tier in 2019 remained in the same place, with Cranswick, M&S, Noble Foods and Waitrose all maintaining their positions with overall scores above 80%. The Swiss Coop Group fell to the second tier...


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