UK Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards
27 September 2012, London
The Honourable Artillery Company, London
On 27th September 2012, big businesses from across the food industry gathered for Compassion’s sixth Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards held in London.
Hosted by top cook, food writer and broadcaster Valentine Warner at the Honourable Artillery Company in London, the prestigious Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards recognise and award food companies that are committed to implementing substantial policy changes that result in positive impacts for farm animals.
Valentine commented: “As a cook, I’m passionate about the quality of the ingredients I use and to me that means using high welfare products wherever possible. With more than 900 million farm animals reared each year for food in the UK it’s important for all of us to try to ensure that they have lived as good a quality of life as possible.”
Valentine Warner: “It’s heartening to see in these economically challenging times so many companies making such a tremendous commitment in this area.”
Compassion presented Good Egg Awards to Premier Foods, KFC and MacDonald Hotels & Resorts in recognition of their commitment to using cage-free eggs. Jamie Oliver was also a big winner, receiving a Good Chicken Award for the development of his range of higher welfare chicken products with Moy Park, while M&S, Waitrose and Prêt A Manger each won one a Good Pig Award which was launched in 2012.
The inaugural ‘Leadership and Innovation in Retail’ category, which challenged supermarkets to present a case study demonstrating their most pioneering work to improve farm animal welfare over the past 12 months, was presented to Sainsbury’s for its Pig Concept Farm, which is trialling an indoor free-farrowing system based on the PigSAFE design.
However, it wasn't just the big brand and retail giants which were awarded for putting animal welfare at the top of their agenda. Smaller companies and food service outlets alike were celebrating. From the recently launched Good Food Nation (Good Egg and Good Dairy winners) and the family-run Woodlands Jersey Beef, who received a Good Calf Commendation, to more familiar names such as The Hummingbird Bakery and Fiona Cairns Ltd, a whole range of companies came together to celebrate recognition for their efforts in animal welfare.
Over 50 awards were presented across five different categories: Compassion’s existing Good Egg Award, Good Chicken Award and Good Dairy Award; our newly launched Good Pig Award, and, new for 2012, the Leadership and Innovation in Retail category.
The awards are a vital tool that allows Compassion to engage with food companies under the banner of recognition and celebration, which is very successful in helping us forge strong relationships and to continue to transform farm animal welfare through changing company policies.
Over 311 million hens, chickens, dairy cows and calves, and pigs are now set to benefit each year as a result of all our award winners’ policies.
Good Pig Award
The Good Pig Award recognises companies that are using or committing to using higher welfare production systems for sows and meat pigs. The criteria for the award addresses issues of confinement, lack of manipulable materials, tail docking, tooth resection and surgical castration.
Our 2012 Good Pig Awards winners were: Anna’s Happy Trotters / LKL Farming, Blythburgh Free Range Pork, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Crazy Bear Group, Dalehead (BQP), Dent Ltd., Eversfield Organic, Laverstoke Park Farm, M&S, Packington Free Range, Prêt a Manger, Riverford, The Well Hung Meat Company, Virgin Trains and Waitrose. Midland Pig Producers picked up a Good Sow Commendation.
Good Dairy Award
The commitments made by our Good Dairy Award winners include sourcing milk from cows that graze on pasture – at least in the grass growing season - and ensuring male calves are reared in high welfare systems and are not exported.
Our 2012 Good Dairy Award winners were: Acorn Dairy, Kimbers’ Farm Shop, Good Food Nation, Riverford, Sanclêr and Tossed. Woodlands Jersey Beef picked up a Good Calf Commendation.
Good Chicken Award
Good Chicken Award winners’ policies demonstrate a commitment to using higher welfare standards by addressing the stocking density, growth rate, and the need for environmental enrichment for broiler chickens.
Our 2012 Good Chicken Award winners were: Apricot Catering, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Eversfield Organic, Jamie Oliver, Price Catering, Riverford, and Sutton Hoo.
Good Egg Award
Good Egg Award winners’ policies address the confinement of laying hens and show a commitment to using only cage-free eggs or egg products (i.e. free-range, barn or organic).
Among the new Good Egg Award winners were: Burger King UK, Fiona Cairns Ltd., Good Food Nation, Harrison Catering Services, HSBC HQ and Regions, KFC, MacDonald Hotels & Resorts, One Good Egg, Pfizer UK Staff Restaurants, Premier Foods, Riverford, Sodexo UK offices, Soho Coffee Company, Talkington Bates, The Co-operative Group staff restaurants, the happy egg co., The Hummingbird Bakery, The Pudding Compartment, and Thomas Franks.
Winner of the Leadership & Innovation in Retail 2012
The Leadership and Innovation in Retail category challenged supermarkets to present case studies demonstrating their most pioneering work to improve farm animal welfare over the past 12 months. The panel of judges were impressed with the high level of entrants, but voted unanimously in favour of Sainsbury’s Pig Concept Farm, which is trialling an indoor free-farrowing system based on the PigSAFE design.
All agreed that the project tackles one of the most pressing welfare issues in pig production, is pioneering in its approach and has the potential to transform the industry for the better.
David Main, Bristol University and panel judge, commented "Research into indoor free-farrowing systems has been ongoing for many years, but this is a unique example of a retailer supporting the application of a modified research prototype into commercial production. In taking on this project, Sainsbury’s is leading the industry by acknowledging welfare of farrowing sows in current indoor systems could be improved. This is a true example of leadership”.
Judges were also impressed with the way Sainsbury’s works in true partnership with their producers and processor, along with advice from leading scientists to ensure the success of the project.
Paul Cook, FAI said “The project passes the real test of innovation: Sainsbury’s has encountered barriers along the way, but persevered to overcome them”.
Sainsbury’s plans to roll-out the free-farrowing pens across its fresh pork producers if the results of the trial are successful.
The judging panel included 3 independent judges and 3 representatives from Compassion in World Farming:
Dr David Main, Reader in Animal welfare, Bristol University
Paul Cook, Director, FAI Farms
Nicky Amos, Director, Nicky Amos CSR Services Ltd
Katy Read, Head of Food Business, Compassion in World Farming
Dr Tracey Jones, Head of Food Business Research, Compassion in World Farming
Mia Fernyhough, Food Business Manager (Retail), Compassion in World Farming
Further details of the project can be found at: http://www.j-sainsbury.co.uk/sainsburys-views/all-our-experts/natalie-smith/visiting-our-concept-farm-in-east-yorkshire/
To find out more about these winners visit: www.compassioninfoodbusiness.com/awards
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