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. Alongside other UK businesses, we are also signatories to the UK Industry Roundtable for Sustainable Soy, where we have committed to publish a time-bound plan to source soy sustainably.
Due to the complexity of the soy supply chain we will achieve our aims through a number of stages. Starting with fresh chicken, we will work with suppliers to cover soy with zero-deforestation credits in 2019 with the aim that by the end of 2025, all soy used as animal feed for the production of Aldi’s own-brand fresh meat, eggs and milk will be sourced sustainably.