In Switzerland around 50% of food comes from animal production. The Swiss Animal Protection Act is one of the most stringent in the world and incorporates a number of animal husbandry regulations that apply nationally. Because of this, we source the majority of our veal, beef and chicken from Switzerland. The legal regulations concerning animal husbandry vary greatly depending on the country of origin. Stocking density, standardized high-yield breeds, a lack of natural light and keeping animals indoors all year round are typical problems in intensive livestock farming.
As a group, Coop has been committed to animal welfare for many years now and this commitment has been enshrined as a strategic goal for the entire Coop Group many times. For our retail trade we have developed our own animal husbandry programmes for cattle, pigs, calves and hens together with Swiss Animal Protection SAP. SAP also regularly carry out unannounced checks on the husbandry, transport and slaughter of these animals. The organic and free-range products from these programmes are sold under our own-label brands Naturaplan and Naturafarm.