Tesco rolls out higher welfare standards across core chicken ranges

Tesco is to rear all fresh chicken in its core ranges to higher welfare standards, including more space to perch and move around.

The improvements, which will be completed by the first half of 2025, will see chicken grown at a reduced stocking density, with birds provided with 20% more space than the industry standards, allowing them additional room to express their natural behaviours.

Tesco, which sources all its fresh chicken from UK farms, will invest in its existing supply base to help with the transition.

This move build’s on the grocer’s ongoing commitment to support British agriculture and looks to reaffirm its approach across the supply chain.

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The move also adds to the supermarket’s existing higher welfare brands, which already include lower stocking densities, and will ensure the birds continue to have increased access to environmental enrichment such as straw bales, perches, pecking objects and natural light.

Separate to its support in transition to higher welfare systems, Tesco has already committed to an additional £12m in financial support for its British chicken farmers and suppliers over the course of 2024 and 2025.

Tesco head of sustainable agriculture and fisheries Natalie Smith said: “We know how much our customers care about animal welfare, and we’re committed to improving standards across our ranges wherever possible, while maintaining great value and quality for customers.

“This move reaffirms our commitment to British agriculture and is a significant step-up in welfare standards for the poultry industry in the UK. Thanks to this move, customers can continue to make better, more sustainable choices while still enjoying the same great value.”

It follows a similar move by Lidl in March to improve its chicken welfare standards by increasing space allocating to its own-label fresh chicken by 20% above current industry standards.



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