Aldi Süd plans to convert its fresh turkey meat offering to animal husbandry level three from March 2024.
The move to 100% German-origin turkey from a higher animal welfare standard is an 'important milestone' for the company as it achieves the goal around six years earlier than planned, the company noted.
Aldi Süd has attributed this achievement to the close cooperation with all actors in the supply chain.
The discount chain added that it seeks to convert its entire fresh meat range to husbandry levels three and four by 2030.
Dr Julia Adou, director of sustainability at Aldi Süd stated that turkey is the first fresh meat variety of 100% German origin which the retailer has completely converted to higher forms of husbandry.
She added, "This is a great success that we could only achieve together with all partners in our supply chain. It is a clear sign that we are making progress with the change in husbandry and that we are making our contribution to the transformation of agriculture as promised. For this transformation to succeed, it is important that other players follow our example."
Aldi Süd has pledged to convert its entire fresh meat and drinking milk range as well as chilled meat and sausage products to husbandry levels three and four by 2030.
The company sources more than 15% of chilled meat and sausage products from farms that adhere to higher animal welfare levels.
Currently, more than 33% of sales in the fresh meat range come from husbandry levels three and four, the retailer noted.