Tulip given highest benchmark for animal welfare

By Michelle Perrett

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Tulip achieved a Tier 1 ranking for animal welfare
Tulip achieved a Tier 1 ranking for animal welfare

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Tulip, the pig producer and processor, has revealed it has been awarded with the highest benchmark rating for its animal welfare standards following a privately commissioned assessment by ‘Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare’ (BBFAW).

BBFAW, supported by Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection, is the leading measure of company performance on farm animal welfare. It looks at published evidence of animal welfare management, policy commitment, performance and reporting.

Tulip said it was measured against the same criteria as was used in the 2019 global Business Benchmark of 150 worldwide companies. Tulip achieved a Tier 1 ranking, indicating that the company had taken a leadership position on farm animal welfare.

Andrew Saunders, agriculture director at Tulip, said: “We always strive to ensure we are leading the way in higher animal welfare standards and this independent assessment by the BBFAW is a major affirmation of our hard work. We’re the largest pig farmer and producer of higher-welfare pork in the UK, so this an important recognition of our commitment to upholding standards and driving innovation in animal welfare.”

Nicky Amos, BBFAW executive director, said: “This privately commissioned assessment highlights the considerable efforts being made by Tulip to both integrate farm animal welfare into its business strategy and to use its influence to drive up welfare standards within the industry. We congratulate Tulip on this achievement.”

Tulip said this assessment was independently conducted by the BBFAW secretariat’s trained assessors in December 2019. It did not form part of the global BBFAW 2019 Benchmark.

All pigs produced within its own farming division are RSPCA Assured, while all pigs independently supplied to Tulip via​third-party producers are a minimum of Red Tractor or Quality Meat Scotland assured, with some also meeting the RSPCA Assured standard, it revealed.  

Tulip was one of the winners at the prestigious Food Manufacture​ Excellence Awards. It scooped the top accolade for Site Team of the Year​. In addition, Apprentice of the Year was won by Stephanie Williams of Tulip, while the company received highly commended in the Training Award category.

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