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07 July, 2011

Waitrose wins double title at Compassion in World Farming Awards for its work on welfare

- Winner of Most Compassionate Supermarket 2011 -

- Winner of the Good Dairy Award 2011 -


The leading farm animal welfare organisation Compassion in World Farming has named Waitrose the UK’s most Compassionate Supermarket of the year (2010/11) for the second year running.

Waitrose was awarded the coveted title at a ceremony last night after Compassion carried out a detailed survey looking at all aspects of farm animal welfare across the retail sector.

The exacting animal welfare standards that Waitrose asks of its farmers and suppliers were deemed the most effective of the participating supermarkets by Compassion in World Farming. To score top marks in Compassion’s most prestigious award, Waitrose had to demonstrate success in a broad range of areas, from stocking densities, freedom to express natural behaviour, and the overall wellbeing of its animals.

Examples of the continued progress made by Waitrose on animal welfare this year include securing a premises to be able to take calves from TB affected farms for rearing and increasing the number of dairy bull calves it uses in its veal supply chain. The supermarket has also launched a project with Edinburgh Vet School to help its beef producers improve animal health and disease screening.

Duncan Sinclair, Agriculture Manager, Waitrose, said: "A belief in the very highest standards of animal welfare is right at the heart of the way we do business. Our customers always expect us to treat animals fairly, and with respect at all times, so we make enormous effort to make sure this trust is well placed.

"We're delighted to win the Most Compassionate Supermarket award for the fourth time, and especially pleased we've won the Good Dairy award too. This is a great tribute to all the work we've done with our producer groups to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the industry, and to make the whole supply chain sustainable."

To win the Good Dairy Award Waitrose needed to have a policy which reflected some of the main issues facing the industry, including pasture access, a robust system for monitoring and reviewing animal health issues, and ensuring higher animal welfare standards.

Both awards demonstrate Waitrose's clear leadership on animal welfare, and it's the fourth time the supermarket has been crowned Most Compassionate Supermarket with previous wins in 2009/10, 2005/6 and 2003/4. Each award has recognised that Waitrose has the overall highest farm animal welfare standards of the retailers surveyed.

Katy Read, Head of Food Business at Compassion in World Farming, said: "Waitrose’s Most Compassionate Supermarket Award is part of our wider awards programme - a vital tool that allows us to engage with organisations to celebrate and recognise all the good work they are doing. Waitrose is the supermarket with the highest overall score on farm animal welfare and the best performer in several species categories, including pigs, laying hens and farmed fish. The positive engagement we’ve had with Waitrose has helped us to meet our main aim which is to place farm animal welfare at the heart of the food industry. "

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Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact the Waitrose Press Office, 01344 825 080

For more information about Compassion in World Farming and its Food Business Team, please contact Julie Jenner, Media Manager on T: 01483 521950, M:07584 683485

E: Julie.jenner@ciwf.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

Compassion in World Farming’s Food Business Team

Compassion in World Farming’s Food Business Team engages with Europe’s leading food companies, inspiring progress through prestigious awards and supporting products and initiatives which represent tangible benefits for farm animals. We also encourage higher welfare food purchasing in the public sector. To find out more about the work of the Food Business team, visit www.compassioninfoodbusiness.org

Compassion in World Farming’s Food Business Team is generously supported by The Tubney Charitable Trust; a grant making charity seeking to support activities that have a long term, sustainable, positive impact on the biodiversity of the UK and on the welfare of farmed animals in the UK and internationally.

About the Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards 2011

The Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards 2011 were presented in four categories: The Good Egg Awards (rewarding organisations who make the commitment to source cage-free eggs) The Good Chicken Awards (rewarding organisations who make the commitment to source higher welfare chicken) The good Dairy Awards (rewarding organisations who make the commitment to source dairy produce from higher welfare cows) and the Supermarket Awards (based on the results of our Supermarket Survey YEAR)

For more information contact:

Hannah Chance
Waitrose
t:01344 826804
e: hannah.chance@waitrose.co.uk
Suzanne Hetherington
Senior Press Officer, Corporate
t:01344 82 4006
f:01344 82 5211
e: suzanne_hetherington@waitrose.co.uk