Waitrose wins recognition for its code of care to farm animals 

Waitrose has won a prestigious international award for high standards, policy and innovation in its approach to farm animal welfare.

The supermarket was named best retailer at the Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) awards in Milan on Tuesday. It is the fifth time that Waitrose has received the accolade since the biennial awards were established in 2004.

‘We are indebted to the skill and commitment of our farmers,’ said Heather Jenkins, Waitrose director of buying and agriculture strategy, as she accepted the award.‘We are dedicated to treating animals with care and respect, and we are so pleased Waitrose and our farmers have been recognised in this way by such an important organisation as Compassion in World Farming. ‘When our customers shop with us they know that the meat they are eating has been sourced from animals reared to high standards of care and welfare by dedicated farmers who share our values.’

CIWF based its decision on its European supermarket survey, which reviews specific animal welfare standards as well as policies and innovations. Retailers from four countries took part in the appraisal. The survey scores retailers on five specific areas – broilers, laying hens, pigs, dairy cows and calves – and on a company’s overall approach to farm animal welfare.