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Compassion celebrates 2022 award winners

News Section Icon Published 15/06/2022

Today (15 June), we were delighted to celebrate the inspirational and innovative work of our 2022 Good Farm Animal Welfare Award winners at a ceremony in London.

Dairy cows in field
Credit Laiteries H. Triballat-Rians

The event was hosted by environmental journalist, Lucy Siegle, and featured a keynote speech from Nick Jacobs from IPES-Food who talked about the various approaches to balance the environmental and animal welfare impacts within a sustainable food system.

GFAWA 2022 Lucy Host And Nick Speaker

A panel discussion, facilitated by presenter and vet James Greenwood, included representatives from Compass Group, Carrefour and CCLA Investment Management Ltd, who discussed what they are doing in the future food space, and it was exciting to see how many of our award winners are already on this journey.

GFAWA 2022 Panel Discussion members

In total, there were 27 Awards spanning the globe, which are set to benefit over 138 million animals each year.

Read on to find out more about this year’s winners…

Supporting ‘future fit’ food systems

Radically changing the way we produce and consume our food is central to alleviating the climate, nature and health crisis facing the world today. 

Eating less and better animal sourced foods and moving towards more humane, resilient, and nature-friendly production systems are critical to safeguarding our food supply and the health of our planet for future generations.

This year, for the very first time, we were delighted to award a company that has introduced targets to reduce its animal-sourced foods such as meat, eggs and dairy, and we celebrated the work of two other companies who are breaking new ground in sustainable food production.

Compass Group (UK & IRE) received our first full Planet Friendly Award achieving the ‘Gold’ level for their commitment to reducing animal-sourced protein by 25% by 2025.

Our very first award in Thailand went to Hilltribe Organics who received this year’s Sustainable Food and Farming Award in the producer category for driving the organic free-range egg market while supporting local communities and promoting sustainable and regenerative farming practices.

Laiteries H.Triballat-Rians in France picked up the corporate Sustainable Food and Farming Award for their ‘Sustainable livestock farming’ project.

Find out more about each of these winners by clicking on the boxes below.

COMPASS GROUP (UK & IRE)

COMPASS GROUP (UK & IRE)

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Planet Friendly Award 2022

Compass Group (UK & IRE) received our first full Planet Friendly Award, achieving a GOLD level for a 2025 commitment to reduce its animal-sourced proteins by 25%.

They are truly leading the way, tackling head-on the issues of farm animal welfare, protein diversification/meat reduction and a shift towards regenerative agriculture, providing an excellent example for others to follow.

They have a 2025 global cage-free egg commitment and Better Chicken Commitments in the US and Europe which are raising baseline standards for poultry.

Their Net Zero plan published in May 2021 includes a commitment to switch from animal-sourced proteins to 40% plant-based by 2030 (and at least 25% by 2025), and an additional pledge that 70% of their top five food categories will be sourced from regenerative agriculture by 2030.

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Successfully reducing our reliance on animal protein is essential for Compass if we are to deliver on our commitment to reach Climate Net-Zero by 2030. To be recognised by Compassion in World Farming is to the credit of all those working so hard across the business in pursuit of a just transition.

Carolyn Ball, Director for Delivery of Net Zero at Compass Group

HILLTRIBE ORGANICS (THAILAND)

HILLTRIBE ORGANICS (THAILAND)

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Sustainable Food and Farming Award 2022

Hilltribe Organics Ltd (HTO) is a high-impact social enterprise formed to sustain rural farming villages in Thailand through organic and regenerative agriculture.

HTO’s successful business model, which addresses more than two-thirds of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, involves every aspect of the value chain. It not only helps farmers – many of them women - get into production by supplying the hens and feed, but also helps market the organic eggs to consumers and retailers. This provides a regular income and financial stability for the hill tribe people.

Hill Tribe Organics women working fields

By driving the organic egg market, HTO has helped to significantly reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides (down by 70% and 80% respectively) leading to cleaner soil, water, and air.

In addition, HTO promotes reforestation and rewilding, utilising local agro-ecological conditions to the full. The hens are raised in the hills with plenty of access to trees and shelter; there is no use of antibiotics and they grow turmeric to improve hens’ immune systems.

This social enterprise is truly inspirational and provides a successful business model which could be scaled up and adopted in other parts of the world.

We have always believed in the highest animal welfare and the most sustainable and organic farming practices and that they can benefit both the environment and the hill tribe people while supporting a successful business model. We are gratified to see the HTO model is even starting to attract farmer family children back to the hills.
Our farms require relatively little land compared to other agricultural uses and helps protect wildlife habitats in the areas around our farms. This award will help us continue to improve the lives of hill tribe people, to increase the market for organics (further reducing the use of chemical fertilisers/pesticides) and to strengthen the model to the point where we can expand to new markets.

Co-Founder and CEO of HTO, Richard Blossom

Laiteries H.Triballat-Rians (France)

Laiteries H.Triballat-Rians (France)

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Sustainable Food and Farming Award 2022

French dairy company Laiteries H.Triballat-Rians picked up this year’s corporate Sustainable Food and Farming Award for their ‘Sustainable livestock farming’ project.

They have encouraged the development of pasture access for 100% of their farms (they work with 450 producers) and have worked towards increasing the longevity of the cows and goats in their supply.

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They are also phasing out deforesting soy in feed and are planting up to 40km of new hedges. This work was judged as a good example of how a dairy group can help its farmers adopt better animal welfare, environmental protection and sustainable farming measures.

In order to promote sustainable practices from the field to the plate, we have co-constructed our commitments for sustainable and responsible farming with the 9 producer organisations representing the 450 affiliated milk producers, as well as with NGOs, notably Compassion in World Farming.
This "Sustainable Food & Farming Award” is proof of our collective actions and commitments to animal welfare and a more sustainable model. It also encourages us to continue our efforts!
It is together, through regular exchanges with milk producers, working groups with experts and monitoring the progress made, that these commitments to sustainable livestock farming will succeed.

Henri Triballat, Director of Milk Production at Laiteries H. Triballat Rians

Celebrating supermarkets

This year, Carrefour became the first major retailer in Brazil to be awarded for driving better standards for laying hens. They not only received a Good Egg Commendation for their cage-free egg commitment but also scooped this year’s Best Retailer Marketing Award for their in-store marketing campaign promoting the welfare benefits of cage-free eggs.

Waitrose & Partners was presented with the Best Retailer Innovation Award for developing and implementing the first Qualitative Behavioural Assessment App to measure the emotional wellbeing of animals in the drive to continually improve their quality of life. They also achieved the overall Best Retailer Award for the fourth consecutive year.

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CARREFOUR (BRAZIL)

CARREFOUR (BRAZIL)

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Good Egg Commendation &
Best Retailer Marketing Award 2022

Carrefour became the very first retailer to be awarded in Brazil this year. They were awarded not only a Good Egg Commendation for their own-brand cage-free egg commitment but also the Best Retailer Marketing Award for their in-store marketing campaign educating consumers on the concept of cage-free eggs.

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Using in-store posters and radio, Carrefour is supporting their commitment to have 100% cage free own-brand eggs by the end of 2025 by taking consumers on the journey with them. This is an important undertaking in a region where price points on cheap protein make all the difference and most consumers opt for the cheapest option. By teaching consumers about the welfare impacts of caged systems, Carrefour Brazil hopes to shift popular choice towards cage-free eggs instead.

If successful, this move will have a huge impact on the lives of millions of hens in a country where most eggs currently come from caged systems. No other Brazilian retailer has done this type of communication before with that level of detail, and as they intend to roll out the communication to other stores in Brazil this will undoubtedly bolster the cage-free move in that region.

In its ambition to lead the food transition, Grupo Carrefour Brazil is committed not only to offer products with higher quality, but also to ensure that the animals from which the products are coming are treated well. That is why we became the first food retailer in Brazil that took the commitment to commercialise only cage-free eggs by 2025 for our own brands.
We are very proud today to receive these two prizes, the Best Retailer Marketing Award, and the Good Egg Commendation. In the Brazilian market, driven by price due to social inequalities, we face many challenges, and it is essential to include all stakeholders to achieve real change. These awards will certainly help us to strengthen these changes, showing that it is possible to offer sustainable products at a fair price.

Lucio Vicente, Head of Corporate affairs and sustainability at Group Carrefour Brazil

WAITROSE & PARTNERS (UK)

WAITROSE & PARTNERS (UK)

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Best Retailer Innovation &
Best Retailer Award 2022

The Best Retailer Innovation Award went to Waitrose & Partners for developing the first Qualitative Behavioural Assessment App to measure the emotional wellbeing of animals in the drive to continually improve their quality of life.

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Working in conjunction with Scotland’s Rural College team led by Professor Francoise Wemelsfelder, this pioneering app assesses ‘how’ animals behave (for example are they happy/active or flat/stressed), and is being rolled out across their entire supply chain.

Waitrose applies a ‘Good Quality of Life’ approach to the animals within its supply chain, measuring and improving key outcomes of good housing, good feeding, good health, appropriate behaviour, and positive mental state. The first three areas have been easy to measure and understand for some time, but the last two have proven much more difficult to measure, interpret and assess. The QBA app has transformed this, and Waitrose can now monitor the mental well-being of all the animals in their supply chain. Once fully tested by Waitrose, the QBA App will be made accessible to other companies for the future benefit of all animals.

Waitrose’s constant aspiration to be the best and to do what is right for animals and for their customers makes them true leaders in farm animal welfare and this year they also received the overall Best Retailer Award for achieving the highest score in the 2022 Supermarket Survey

We are delighted to have once again received these awards, particularly to have held onto our status as a leading supermarket in animal welfare since 2004 and winner of the Best Retailer Award four consecutive times in a row.
It takes enormous passion, commitment and hard work to achieve the high standards we've maintained for the past 30 years. This is unquestionably a direct result of the longstanding and close relationships we've built with our farmers over multiple decades and without their loyalty and dedication, these accolades would simply not be possible.

Jake Pickering, Senior Agriculture Manager, Waitrose & Partners

Special recognition for global salmon welfare

MOWI, the world’s largest producer of Atlantic salmon, received a Special Recognition Award this year for becoming the first producer to make global welfare commitments on the rearing and slaughter of Atlantic salmon.

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Special Recognition Award

MOWI received a Special Recognition Award this year for becoming the first producer to make global welfare commitments on the rearing and slaughter of Atlantic salmon.

As the world’s largest producer of Atlantic salmon (~465,000 metric tons of salmon (gwt) per annum), this commitment is set to benefit ~122 million salmon per annum, across sites in Norway, Scotland, Ireland, Faroe Islands, Canada and Chile, and provides an excellent example for others to follow.

In accordance with Compassion’s recommendations, MOWI uses a stun-kill percussive system for 100% of their salmon from all their farm sites, and across all countries, to ensure they are humanely killed.

They are also the first producer to commit to a global ‘free from confinement’ stocking density policy for Atlantic Salmon in line with Compassion’s guidance (10kg/m³ or less).

MOWI has made several other global commitments which included, but are not limited to:

  • Sufficient environmental enrichment in pens
  • No routine mutilations
  • No use of genetic engineering or growth promoters

By working closely with stakeholders and NGOs like Compassion, MOWI can continually improve their commitments to salmon welfare, while also setting ambitious sustainability targets that will make a positive impact on the planet.

Mowi are very proud to receive this prestigious award from CIWF, for recognition of our standard on the humane slaughter of fish using percussive stunning. This policy, which matches CIWF’s Flagship recommendation, is applied to all our ocean reared salmon globally, harvested on an annual basis. By recognising the importance of fish sentience, Mowi has implemented several other husbandry standards directed towards the welfare and well-being of our fish.
As the largest producer of ocean reared salmon, it is our responsibility to develop industry leading standards on welfare and sustainable practices and to make continuous improvements, all underpinned by investment in robust research and development by dedicated teams across the entire value chain.
Mowi would like to thank CIWF for their continued direction and consultation in leading us forward and targeting other Flagship recommendations.

Dr Gordon Ritchie, Group Manager Fish Health & Welfare at Mowi ASA

More good news for broilers and turkeys!

Compassion has revised its Good Chicken Award criteria to celebrate companies not only committing to improving chicken welfare, by signing up to the European Chicken Commitment (ECC) but who are also demonstrating significant progress in the implementation of the ECC criteria on-farm, with many adopting a holistic approach to make sustainable, higher welfare broiler production profitable.

Commitments are an essential first step but transitioning and fulfilling those commitments are required to make real, meaningful improvements to the lives of the animals. That’s why the Good Chicken Award is so important, and we were delighted to award the companies highlighted below for their achievements in advancing broiler chicken welfare.

And further progress was also seen in turkey welfare this year with a Good Turkey Award being presented to a leader in the French baby food market in 2022.

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Good Chicken Award

Carrefour France received a Good Chicken Award this year for demonstrating true leadership having achieved excellent progress in their transition to the ECC standards across their fresh and frozen chicken.

We are pleased to receive this award, which symbolises the transformation work started three years ago with our partners, particularly on our Oui au Mieux chicken. We would also like to thank our partners from AEBEA and LIT Ouesterel, because thanks to the collective work carried out on the animal welfare label, we are able to indicate the animal welfare rating on our products, and thus inform our customers about these advances and enable them to make an informed choice.

Séverine FONTAINE - Carrefour Quality Director

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Good Chicken Award

Italian retailer Cortilia became the first in their sector to receive a Good Chicken Award in Italy.

Cortilia meets all the on-farm criteria of the ECC for over 50% of their fresh chicken which includes the use of better breeds with higher welfare, the provision of more space to live, environmental enrichment to occupy the birds, and natural light to stimulate activity.

Cortilia has chosen to rely on partners who go beyond mere compliance with animal welfare indicators and who share its approach in a deeper way, proposing concrete solutions with a view to respecting animals as well as environmental sustainability. We are happy to receive the Good Chicken award, which recognises this commitment, carried out since the beginning. This also testifies to the work and commitment in the selection of producers, made in person by the Cortilia team to touch the proposal and guarantee the choice of short supply chain products made through best practices. In fact, the choice falls on those realities that are able to produce efficiently, safely and with high levels of quality, in a way that protects the natural environment, the social and economic conditions of the operators and the local communities and is committed to safeguarding the health and welfare of all the animals raised.

Marco Porcaro, CEO of Cortilia

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Special Recognition Award

Norwegian producer Norsk Killing received a Special Recognition Award this year for converting 100% their chicken production to the higher welfare criteria of European Chicken Commitment, achieving their transition through their ‘Green value chain’ project.

The project has seen Norsk Kylling adopt a holistic approach to sustainable and higher welfare production, setting new standards for reducing energy consumption, waste, and their environmental footprint, while improving production efficiency, animal welfare, and developing novel feed ingredients.

As part of this process, they have also reached another major milestone as their greenfield processing plant is completely powered by renewable energy.

It demonstrates that animal welfare, sustainable food production and profitability can all be achieved simultaneously in broiler chicken production.

We work actively in all parts of our value chain to find new, innovative, responsible, and sustainable solutions. Through cooperation and a circular mindset and in close collaboration with competent and engaged people, we have successfully established a promising project portfolio. This award is for us a great acknowledgement that will add to our motivation as we keep working to build the world’s best value chain in food industry.

Hilde Talseth, Director of Sustainable Innovation, General Manager Hugaas Rugeri

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Good Turkey Award

A leader in the French baby food market, and part of Danone Group's division Specialized Nutrition, Bledina was presented with a Good Turkey Award this year.

As part of their commitment to better animal welfare, all their beef cattle and lambs have access to pasture, and they only use cage-free eggs. Through this new Award, Compassion has recognised Blédina's policy to only use meat from free-range turkeys.

Cage-free progress

Cages represent the worst elements of intensive farming. They restrict and confine animals, preventing them from displaying their most basic of natural behaviours, resulting in a poor quality of life. Yet many millions of farm animals are still confined in cages every year.

For many years, Compassion has been advocating the 'End the Cage Age' and progress is being made in Europe with the European Commission announcing a historic cage ban in 2021.

However, this year, we witnessed the true international nature of the cage-free movement with winners right across the globe.

We were delighted to present our prestigious Cage Free Award to Domino’s Pizza Enterprise this year for all the work they are doing to end the use of ALL cages across ALL species in their European supply chain.

Spanning two different geographies, two companies received special Rabbit Innovation Awards for developing innovative cage-free rearing systems for meat rabbits with permanent access to winter gardens.

Click on the boxes below to find out more about each winner.

Cage-free Progress

Domino’s (Eu)

Domino’s (Eu)

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Cage-Free Award 2022

Domino Pizza Enterprize received this year’s prestigious Cage Free Award in recognition of the work they are doing to end the use of ALL cages across ALL species in their European supply chain.

Working in partnership with Compassion, Domino’s Pizza Enterprise is developing better welfare standards for all the animal-based ingredients on their menu, as well as increasing their plant-based offer.

Domino's, which operates in six European countries (France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Luxembourg), has already committed to go free-range on their shell eggs and egg products and ingredients by 2025.

In 2020, the brand joined the Better Chicken Commitment for their European supply chain and extended this commitment to their operations in Australia and New Zealand in 2021.

They are now furthering their welfare commitments by developing higher welfare standards for pigs and sows under the ‘Domino’s Pork Commitment’.

The chain wants to meet its ambitious criteria, which includes a ban on the use of both farrowing crates and individual sow stalls, for 100% of their pig supply chain by 2026 and they hope to inspire other companies in Europe to follow their lead.

Together with our suppliers and partner CIWF, we strive for higher animal welfare standards for all our protein. To achieve that goal, a long-term relationship with our suppliers is important. It’s not always the easiest way, but we are committed to do the right thing, because it’s the right thing to do.
We are therefore very honored to receive the Cage-Free Award. Winning this Award is a great reward and recognition for us as a company and for our suppliers.

Maria Oehler, Head of Partnerships Europe at Domino’s

Brefood (Germany)

Brefood (Germany)

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Rabbit Innovation Award 2022

BreFood in Germany - with producers who are leading the way in cage-free rabbit production in China – received a Rabbit Innovation Award for their innovative cage-free rabbit rearing systems with permanent access to wintergardens, where rabbits have the choice to go outside in an enriched outdoor patio area to enjoy fresh air and sunlight.

Higher welfare caged rabbits
For more than a decade, rabbit welfare has been at the center of our business model. As early as 2012, we have worked with universities, certification institutes and animal welfare organizations such as Four Paws and CIWF to introduce a ground-reared keeping system that restored the trust of the consumers and the industry when it came to rabbit meat.
Today, as the market leader in Germany, we work with almost all the major retailers to provide customers with high-quality meat raised in an animal-friendly way. To this day, our Rabbit Care standard is the role model in the market.
But we also see it as our responsibility to be leading the way and keep raising the bar. With our new Rabbit Care Premium keeping system, we’ve worked with our long-term partner in China to provide our rabbits with permanent access to generous outdoor areas, where they can enjoy fresh air and sunlight at their convenience. A keeping system of this kind and at this scale is one-of-a-kind at the moment. We are proud to be partnering with retailers who are just as passionate about animal welfare as we are, putting it in the center of our joint business practices

Petar Perkovic from BreFood s

Wisium (France)

Wisium (France)

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Rabbit Innovation Award 2022

Wisium in France is a brand of ADM, a leading international company specialising in animal feed and nutrition. Over the past few years, Wisium has developed an innovative cage-free rabbit rearing system called Lapety WELLAP

Wisium Rabbits in higher welfare housing with access to outdoors

Rabbits are reared in large pens with permanent access to a winter garden, and are provided with increased space allowance, natural light, and enrichment such as platforms, hiding places and gnawing materials.

Wisium, the leading service company in animal nutrition, is very pleased to receive its 3rd Innovation Trophy for this new alternative to the cage: WELLAP. This concept is based on the nutrition and ethology of rabbits on the ground and is accompanied by services for the implementation of new projects for breeders who wish to meet societal expectations in terms of animal welfare.
This trophy is recognition of the relevance of WELLAP for the general public and of its ability to respond to changes in citizens and consumers. A big thank you to CIWF for crowning this major innovation for the rabbit farming profession!

Chantal Davoust, Rabbit Manager for Wisium

And we were delighted to present Good Egg Awards to companies right across the globe this year, with winners in Spain, Italy, Japan, China and Brazil, and some of their firsts…

Grupo Huevos Guillén, the leading egg producer in Spain, became the first to receive a Good Egg Award in the country.

They have committed to producing 100% of their eggs and egg products in cage-free systems by 2025 and have extended their commitment to phase out combination systems (which can restrict the movement of the birds) from their supply.

We are a company of several generations of farmers, where caring for the hens has always been at the heart of our decisions, and their welfare is a key pillar of our values. We know that producing quality eggs means taking care of every detail and, to this end, the animal welfare of our birds is fundamental.
All the company's professionals are committed to animal health and welfare, and we have been investing for years to make our processes the most modern, advanced and respectful, in a continuous quest for improvement.

Ximo Guillén, CEO at Huevos Guillén

Shunrakuzen has one of the largest natural food store chains in Japan. Headquartered in Aichi, they operate stores mainly in the Chubu region and specialise in selling and promoting organic products.

Working in partnership with THL Japan, Compassion was delighted to present Shunrakuzen with the first-ever Good Egg Award in Japan, highlighting the consumer shift towards cage-free eggs in the region.

Our name, “Shunrakuzen” comes from the combination of “Shun” meaning seasonal, “raku” meaning enjoyable, and “zen” meaning feast. We have a store philosophy; “A contented mind is a perpetual feast.” We sell apples only from autumn to winter, oranges from winter to spring. We believe we should be grateful for the seasonal blessings of nature and that there is no need to display the same unseasonable crops all year round.
We would like to thank you again for the award and we will take this opportunity to extend the knowledge about cage free eggs, and hope this to be a Japan standard in the near future.

Shunrakuzen representative

ZOO COFFEE, Inc is the first coffee chain in China to win a Good Egg Award for its commitment to source only cage-free eggs by 2025 for all its stores in mainland China. This is especially commendable given the backdrop of COVID and the tremendous pressures on the hospitality sector over the last three years.

It’s quite an honor for ZOO GROUP to be the first coffee chain in China to receive a Good Egg Award. This reputation is so significant for us. We always promote animal protection and eco-lifestyle as our company concept. Our vision is to always influence consumers with the value of ‘Harmonious co-existence between man and nature’ in all of our brands including cafés, restaurants, kid’s parks, and new-retail. The commitment of sourcing only cage-free eggs is our first step in farm animal welfare. This award will encourage us keep making more effort in future.

Vincent Lee, CEO of ZOO GROUP

‘La marca del consumatore’ allows consumers to choose the characteristics of the products they want to see on the shelf. In the case of eggs, consumers voted for eggs from organic farms, with more space for the hens to move around, protection of the male chick, compostable packaging, and fair remuneration for farmers.

The project of 'La marca del consumatore' has been having success in other European countries, such as France, and this year they received a Good Egg Award for their excellent work in Italy.

We are happy to be able to share this award with all consumers, who have supported the initiative since the very beginning of our collective adventure. The consumers' organic eggs are the result of the collective choices of 2,228 consumers, who decided and voted on the characteristics of the eggs: free-range hens from organic farms, preservation of the male chick and protection of the hen's end of life, Italian feeds with the addition of Omega 3-rich linseed, green energy and a compostable FSC paper packaging, Co2 Neutral and guaranteeing a fair price for the farmers. The choice of these standards pays tribute to the commitment of Chi è il padrone?! La Marca del Consumatore and LA MASERA, the organic producer of the eggs with the Good Egg Award

Enzo Di Rosa, Founder of Chi è il padrone?! La marca del consumatore

Chinese producer, PianGuan Yong Ao received a Good Egg Award for their cage-free egg production.

The company owns eight aviary barn systems housing a total of 160,000 laying hens, which they operate at a lower stocking density (than EU minimal legal requirements) and without any combination systems, allowing more freedom of movement to the birds.

Pianguan Yongao Ecological Agriculture Co., Ltd. has been focusing on the cage-free production and promotion since 2019 and my team and I are grateful and highly encouraged to receive the Good Egg Award.
During our product comparison analysis, cage-free eggs have proved to be of good quality, and the public is happy to follow the concept of harmonious ecology and to form a more sustainable consumption habit.

Kai yong Liu CEO of Yong Ao

As an international business, Carrefour has demonstrated bold, dynamic leadership across several regions. Last year they received the very first Good Egg Award in Taiwan and this year Carrefour became the first major retailer in Brazil to be awarded a Good Egg Commendation for their own-brand cage-free egg commitment, driving the market for better hen welfare in a region where most eggs come from caged systems.

In its ambition to lead the food transition, Grupo Carrefour Brazil is committed not only to offer products with higher quality, but also to ensure that the animals from which the products are coming are treated well. That is why we became the first food retailer in Brazil that took the commitment to commercialise only cage-free eggs by 2025 for our own brands.
We are very proud today to receive these two prizes, the Best Retailer Marketing Award, and the Good Egg Commendation. In the Brazilian market, driven by price due to social inequalities, we face many challenges, and it is essential to include all stakeholders to achieve real change. These awards will certainly help us to strengthen these changes, showing that it is possible to offer sustainable products at a fair price.

Lucio Vicente, Head of Corporate affairs and sustainability at Group Carrefour Brazil

Pig progress in china

Finally, seven farms in China were awarded Good Pig Production Awards, with three of them achieving the maximum five-star rating for not using sow stalls and farrowing crates, or practicing tail docking and teeth clipping, and for ensuring ample bedding and manipulable material is provided to the pigs throughout their entire lives.

  • 5-Star Award - Thunder Pig Chessboard Village Base (Jilin Xinghui Chessboard Ecological Agriculture Technology Co. LTD
  • 5-Star Award - Heilongjiang Dong Nong Animal Husbandry Co., Ltd.
  • 5-Star Award - Jiangsu YiAi Agricultural Development Co.Ltd
  • 3-Star Award - Cui Lin Base, Kecun Town, Yixian County, Huangshan (Huangshan GuoDa Eco-Agriculture Technology Ltd.)
  • 2-Star Award - Yongshou Project of Xianyang CP Food Co., Ltd., CP Group
  • 2-Star Award - SiFangHong (Pinggu) Welfare Farm of Breeding Pigs
  • 1-Star Award - Guangzhou Nordic Farm Agricultural Development Co., Ltd.

Looking ahead

When we launched the Food Business programme over 12 years ago, our mission was to raise baseline standards for farmed animals in the supply of leading companies and, to date, we are delighted to announce that more than 2.5 billion animals are set to benefit each year.

As we move into our next strategic period and given the urgency of the climate, nature, and health crisis, only a holistic approach - which protects the health and well-being of animals, people and the planet - will ensure that we create a global food system fit for future generations.

We aim therefore to work with global food companies to drive transformational change for farm animals, reduce our reliance on animal-sourced foods, and encourage more regenerative, nature-friendly farming. Read more about our Rethinking Food programme.

This year’s Awards have been truly inspirational with companies showing genuine leadership and motivation at a time when the global food industry has been confronted with serious issues following the pandemic, and now the war in Ukraine.
The continued progress for animal welfare is heartening, whilst the ongoing work in the future food space is encouraging and signals that the food industry is ready to tackle one of the biggest challenges of our time – how to build a humane, sustainable, and resilient food system for future generations.

Dr Tracey Jones, Global Director of Food Business at Compassion

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