Animal Welfare

Animal welfare is an important part of being a responsible business and we are committed to the continuous improvement of animal welfare in our food and food products.

Aldi is ranked as a leader for animal welfare in the global benchmark. The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) 2019 assessed over 150 global food companies across 24 countries and acknowledged our efforts for improving our approach to animal welfare by ranking us in the 2nd Tier. We have a commitment to be 100% cage-free across all of our shell eggs and egg ingredients in products by 2025. Because of this commitment we were awarded the ‘Good Egg Award’ from Compassion in World Farming in 2020.

     All our everyday range of fresh meat, eggs and milk is 100% British and has been independently certified to meet the Red Tractor Assurance standard, guaranteeing that products are sourced from farms and food suppliers who meet British standards for food safety, hygiene, animal welfare and environmental protection.

We also have a wide range of higher welfare products and in 2019 we were the third largest retailer of RSPCA Assured products in the UK. Our Specially Selected salmon, pork and free-range chicken and eggs are labelled with the RSPCA Assured logo, which means that they meet the RSPCA’s strict requirements on animal welfare.

As well as supporting animal welfare through certification schemes, Aldi also have their own animal welfare requirements, these form part of the contractual agreement between Aldi and our suppliers.

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Responsible Use of Antimicrobials

Antibiotics are used to treat, control and prevent disease in farm animals. Aldi believes that antibiotic use in animal medicine, when applied responsibly, promotes good animal welfare. We therefore support the need to protect antimicrobial medicines and reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance to human health.

That’s why Aldi is a sponsor of the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) a collective of interested parties across the food supply chain. We are also part of the Food Industry Initiative on Antimicrobials which has the stated vision of ‘Retailers, manufacturers, processors and food service companies coming together to promote and support responsible antimicrobial use and action on antimicrobial resistance’.

We believe that the use of antibiotics in animal farming should be prescribed by qualified veterinarians and with a view to good animal welfare and long-term sustainability. We do not support the prophylactic use of antibiotics in animal farming, or their use as growth promoters.


Meet our Suppliers

Our amazing network of British farmers and suppliers work hard to champion high animal welfare.

Non-food products

Aldi also takes animal welfare seriously when it comes to our non-food products. Find out more about our Non-Food Animal Welfare policies here.