In 2020, Pilgrim’s UK sourced more than 2.3 million hogs from more than 850 farm partners, paying them more than $432 million. Approximately 65% of our hogs are sourced from our integrated supply chain.
Our hogs are raised in accordance with the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the Red Tractor or the Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) standards. Certification and third-party audits according to these standards are required to sell hogs to Pilgrim’s UK production facilities. In a privately commissioned, standalone assessment, Pilgrim’s UK was awarded the highest rating, Tier 1, for its animal welfare standards, within the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) category. In addition, Pilgrim’s UK is a signatory to the Cerrado Manifesto, and a member of the UK Roundtable for Sustainable Soy. Finally, soya sourced to feed Pilgrim’s UK-owned, high welfare pigs is certified by the Roundtable for Responsible Soy.
In 2020, Pilgrim’s UK processed over 300,000 lambs from 420 family farm partners for more than $13 million. Pilgrim’s UK provides the only fully dedicated lamb supply chain in the U.K., partnering with our network of 420 dedicated sheep farmers—some of these partners have been with us for over 25 years. Our farmer partners are located in Wales and West Country of England. These regions are renowned for their grass conditions, making them an ideal location for extensive lamb production.
All Pilgrim’s UK lamb producers are Farm Assured and raise lambs according to our higher-than-industry standards. Our standards are independently audited and approved by Farm Assurance Assessors. Our lamb producer partners also complete a Responsible Efficient Production Assessment biannually. This assessment evaluates the farm’s production, health, welfare and environmental standards.
Pilgrim’s UK sources two specific breeds of sheep, Dorset and Abervale. Dorset is preferred as they naturally breed year-round, enabling us to organically raise enough lambs to meet customer demand, year-round. Whereas Abervale rams are classified as Guaranteed Tender and are selected based on muscle density.
Our Pilgrim’s Moy Park Orléans business purchases beef for further processing. They only source beef from approved suppliers that are audited annually for food safety and animal welfare. They also developed contracting initiatives with French beef farmer associations to ensure available supply. In a declining French cattle market, this provides farmers an alternative to an otherwise volatile and uncertain market. This program has the following attributes:
Pilgrim’s Moy Park Beef Orléans also encourages its suppliers to purchase cattle from farms involved in Charte des Bonnes Pratiques d’élevage (Good Farming Practices) agreement. The Good Farming Practices, established by the National Livestock Confederation (CNE), is the approved industry standard. Meat from the Netherlands and Ireland also meet requirements set out by the Good Farming Practices. This contributes to making sure 100% of our 1,600 contracted farm partners are audited for animal welfare and environmental performance.