One of Italy's leading poultry producers, Fileni Group, has publicly committed to introduce better welfare standards for all its free range, organic, and 20% of its conventionally produced chicken by 2026.
A first in Italy
Fileni Group is the very first Italian company to publish a welfare policy for meat chickens aligned with the higher welfare requirements of the European Chicken Commitment (ECC).
It is also the first major poultry producer in Italy to publicly declare its willingness to develop ECC-compliant supply chains in collaboration with its clients.
By making the commitment, Fileni has clearly stated targets to introduce slower-growing breeds, provide the chickens with more space and environmental enrichment, and adopt more humane slaughter methods.
More specifically - and thanks to its ongoing collaboration with Compassion - the producer has committed to achieving the following objectives:
- By 2022, 100% of its organic and free-range supply chains for its own-brand and for all brands sold to retailers for private labels, or food service companies, will comply with ECC standards
- By 2026, at least 37% of the animals in Fileni’s supply chains will be raised to ECC-compliant standards
- By 2026 at the latest, for its standard production, the company will supply to all interested clients ECC-compliant products
- They will collaborate with interested customers to develop supply chain solutions in order to achieve ECC standards on a growing number of farms.
Animal welfare and sustainability travel on a single track
“Attention to the living conditions of farm animals is growing steadily on the part of both legislators and consumers. Investment in renewable energies, regenerative agriculture, research into packaging and on pack communications, integrated supply chains and the enhancement of the territory: all of this forms part of our company strategy which aims to combine innovation, planning and sustainability. These are values that have always been part of Fileni's DNA" said Simone Santini, Fileni's Chief of Commercial.
"Thanks to these values, the Group has once again confirmed its willingness to put its commitments into practice, in collaboration with CIWF. We only have one planet available, there is no Planet B, and for Fileni animal welfare and sustainability travel on a single track".
Elisa Bianco, Senior Food Business Manager in Italy, commented: "We congratulate Fileni for this fundamental step forward for the chickens raised in our country and, as in France, we hope that Italy will soon introduce a similar method-of-production labelling system to guarantee simple and transparent information for consumers."
"As is already happening in other countries, we will continue to collaborate with the entire food sector in Italy so other companies can follow Fileni's example in helping to make better chicken a reality ."