Following Auchan's commitment to improve chicken welfare standards in France (October 2019), the European retailer has extended the scope of its European Chicken Commitment (ECC) to its operations in Poland and Spain.
Better Chicken in Poland and Spain
In October 2021, Auchan Poland signed up to the ECC, committing to improve the welfare and slaughter standards for the chickens that go into its own-brand fresh, frozen and processed products, by 2026.
Similarly, in the past few days, Alcampo (Auchan’s Spanish branch) has extended its animal welfare policy by signing up to meet the ECC higher welfare criteria for its own-brand fresh, frozen and processed (50% ingredient) chicken products.
ECC gaining ground across EU
The European Chicken Commitment is a set of higher welfare criteria aimed at improving the welfare of farmed meat chickens by:
- improving their space allowance
- providing meaningful enrichment for the expression of species-specific behaviours
- promoting the use of breeds with better welfare outcome measures
- implementing more humane slaughter methods.
To date, over 300 companies have signed up to the European Chicken Commitment, which is increasingly gaining traction in Southern and Eastern European countries.
Our Food Business team is engaging with companies across the EU and the rest of the world to secure new commitments, as well as support companies on their implementation plans.
If you are converting to higher welfare chicken and want more help or information, please contact the Food Business team.