Sobeys Animal Welfare Approach
Sobeys is committed to the humane and respectful treatment of all livestock animals within our supply chain. We source live-stock derived proteins—such as beef, milk, eggs, poultry and pork—through processors and distributors who in turn are supplied by a wide range of primarily Canadian farms.
Each livestock commodity has its own trade association and regulatory requirements that cover animal welfare and food safety. Each association has its own code of practice and care assessment programs that we stay well informed on.
We are committed to working with stakeholders in animal welfare. We are a members of the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC). As a member we work with a variety of organizations to advance a national approach to farm animal welfare and care across the entire supply chain.
Certified Humane standard
Sobeys Inc. has taken a leading role in providing our consumers with on-shelf options that focus on animal welfare. We are the only major Canadian retailer to offer our customers beef, pork and poultry that meet the Certified Humane standard, which ensures that animals are treated humanely and free to do what comes naturally with a quality diet free from animal by-products, antibiotics or growth hormones.
Blue Goose is a leader in humanely raised animals providing consumers with transparency and quality products since 1992. Sobeys commitment to animal welfare makes it an ideal company to carry a full line of Certified Humane Blue Goose poultry products.
As the largest producer and processor of natural pork in North America duBreton concentrates on animal welfare, letting animals behave naturally and mature without the use of antibiotics or hormones. Sobeys carries a wide variety of Certified Humane duBreton products.
We pride ourselves on offering customers an option to choose products produced with a focus on animal welfare. Aspen Ridge Certified Humane beef products are sourced from cattle that are born and raised in Canada under strict feeding and handling protocols.
In March 2016, Sobeys announced that we will work with the egg industry to transition to a completely cage-free egg offering in our stores by the end of 2025.
This change in egg sourcing will improve the welfare of millions of laying hens by allowing them to better express natural behaviours. For example, it will provide more room for the hens to walk around freely, to spread their wings, and provide access to nests and perches.
The transition to cage-free housing will require time and investment from the Canadian egg industry. New barns will need to be designed and built, equipment will need to be installed and most producers will need to be trained on the new production process. Sobeys 2025 commitment supplies the confidence that there will be a market for these eggs in the future.
Sobeys supports the industry-wide ban of gestation crates and requires pork producers to replace existing gestation crates with group housing by 2024.
Sobeys is publicly supportive of the Veal Associations of Quebec and Ontario’s plan to transition producers that utilize individual stalls for veal production to group housing by December 2018. Since January 2017, Sobeys has been internally tracking all suppliers progress on this transition.