Nutreco has direct influence over live animal management through independent contract farmers in Spain and Canada.

In Spain, Trouw Nutrition works with contract farmers in poultry hatchery and poultry broiler production. In addition, we work with pork contract producers of white and Iberian pigs.

In 2021, Nutreco focused on solutions, products and services (best practices) that promote growing healthy and productive animals in line with several animal welfare standards. Grupo Sada (Integrated poultry production in Spain) had all of its production farms certified with Welfare Quality certification. Additionally, our businesses offered services to meat suppliers by deploying expert teams to perform audits and assessments at strategic clients to help address the highest animal welfare standards. 

Grupo Sada is currently working to develop new value-added products, as described in the European Chicken Commitment and the free-range certification, by, among other things, further increasing the surface area and improving the living conditions on its poultry farm. 

In swine, Inga Food achieved Interporc Animal Welfare Spain certification for all of its white pig production. It has also committed to working with its customers towards implementing the new standard for swine, Welfare Quality and saw its first farms certified in 2021. In 2022, Inga Food is committed to increasing the number of white pig farms certified with this new WQ standard. 

We also ensured the certification of Inga Food’s entire production of Iberian pigs with the Iberian Animal Welfare certification; this certification coverage was finalised at the end of January 2022.imagenuex8.png

In relation to poultry production in Canada, our contract hatcheries are audited on a monthly basis in accordance with the National Chicken Council animal welfare guidelines. For sourced hatching eggs, we comply with the requirements as defined under the Ontario Hatchery Supply Flock Policy. Additionally, we certify that all broiler day-old chicks have been inspected for general physical condition prior to shipping and are handled according to the National Farm Animal Care Council code of practice for the care and handling of hatching eggs, breeders and chickens. Broiler and turkey growing farms are covered by the Turkey Farmers of Canada's On Farm Food Safety Programme (Programme de la salubrité des aliments à la ferme) and monitored by the producer association Poultry Farmers of Quebec (Les Éleveurs de volailles du Québec). These regulations cover animal welfare, housing conditions, animal density limits and transportation regulations.

Nutreco has direct influence over live animal management.


3.1 Antimicrobial resistance
3.2 Animal welfare