‘Space to Thrive’ chicken is now available in our food stores…

Thursday Mar 21, 2024

This means all the fresh chicken you find on our shelves now has 20% more space in barns, going above and beyond Red Tractor Assurance standards.

At the Co-op group’s AGM in May 2023, it was announced that steps would be taken to improve welfare by the end of 2024, and it is pleasing to see that these steps have been delivered early.

Chicken welfare at Co-op

The Co-op are committed to animal welfare standards, with fresh chicken going above and beyond the Red Tractor Assurance.

The Co-op work closely with supplying farms to ensure that strict animal welfare standards are adhered to. These close relationships are key to allowing the Co-op to deliver on our welfare commitments.

The Co-op are proud to support British farming and all our chicken is 100% British. The Co-op have maintained this commitment to supporting British farmers across the UK and will continue to do so into the future.

Whilst proud to have launched our Space to Thrive chicken, we’re not stopping there. The Co-op plan to launch phase two of the journey, which will see all our British chicken used in ‘added value’ poultry products such as breaded chicken lines also move to the Space to Thrive standards.

Animal welfare at Co-op

Animal Welfare is important to Co-op customers and members.

That’s why we’re proud that our chickens are reared with care, with 20% more space in naturally lit barns from farms we know and trust.

All our birds are free to roam around the barn throughout the day with continual access to food and water. They are also able to play with straw bales and perch on objects throughout the barn.

Key welfare indicators allow the monitoring of the health and wellbeing of chickens across British supplying farms.

We capture key welfare indicators from across a range of areas. Our supplying farmers also regularly check the birds throughout the day to ensure they are happy and healthy. We continually check temperatures and ventilation in the houses and ensure that all our chickens have a balanced diet with water that is continuously available day and night.

Read the Co-op Animal Welfare Standards and Performance to find out more about our commitment to creating products that have been produced to good animal welfare standards, regardless of their budget.