Whilst it is used as an ingredient in a range of products, 75% of soy produced globally is used to feed animals. It is therefore a vital ingredient for the production of our meat, poultry, dairy and eggs.
Most soy is grown in South America. The rise in global demand for protein in recent years has increased the demand for soy and so vast areas of land have been converted to soy cultivation. This has led to biodiversity-rich areas such as the Amazon, the Chaco and the Cerrado being cleared.
In fact, soy is now the second largest agricultural driver of deforestation.
We estimate our soy footprint to be just over 170,000 tonnes. We are working with our suppliers to ensure zero-net deforestation for soy.
Aldi is a member of the global Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS), which works to promote responsible soy production and, alongside other UK businesses, we are also signatories to the UK Industry Roundtable for Sustainable Soy and have published a time-bound plan to source soy sustainably.
Our aim is for all soy used as animal feed for the production of Aldi’s own-brand fresh primary meat, poultry, dairy, eggs and farmed salmon and shrimp to be sourced from physically sustainable sources, by the end of 2025.
Due to the complexity of the soy supply chain we will achieve our goal by working on a phased approach moving from credit purchase to physically certified, and focusing on the species that use the largest amount of soy first.