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The Better Chicken Commitment

Better Chicken Commitment

The Better Chicken Commitment (BCC) is a set of welfare standards and guidelines aimed at improving the lives of chickens raised for meat production.

Developed by animal welfare organizations and advocacy groups, the BCC outlines specific criteria and expectations for the treatment of chickens throughout their lives, from breeding and rearing to transportation and slaughter.

Since January 2018, more than 200 prominent food companies across Europe have publicly pledged to adhere to the BCC standards by 2026. These commitments signal a growing recognition within the industry of the importance of addressing animal welfare concerns.

The new standards proposed by the BCC include measures such as reducing stocking density to a maximum of 30kg/m2 and transitioning to slower-growing breeds of chickens. Additionally, there are provisions for increasing access to natural light and providing perching areas, all of which aim to enhance the living conditions for industrially farmed chickens.

However, a key challenge facing the implementation of these standards is the associated cost. Moving towards practices aligned with the BCC, which resemble those of free-range farming, comes with increased expenses. Currently, free-range chickens cost approximately twice as much to produce as conventionally raised chickens. The question arises: Are food industry leaders willing to invest in these improvements? While there may be resistance due to concerns about profitability, there is also growing consumer demand for ethically produced food products.

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The Better Chicken Commitment
Study: Costs & implications of the ECC in the EU

Post-Brexit controls on food and farm imports start

Post-Brexit controls on food, plant and animal imports to Britain from the EU have come into force.

Health certificates will now be required on EU goods ranging from cut flowers, to fresh produce including meat, fruit and vegetables.

Some industry bodies raised concerns the rules could cause delays and push up costs, but others said they would help UK farmers be more competitive.

The government said its border model would “minimise burdens for traders”.

The UK left the EU exactly four years ago, but it has taken some time for the government to implement new trade rules – legally required under the Brexit agreement – for goods travelling from the EU to the UK.

Wednesday marks the start of the changes as Britain begins reversing the free flow of such goods, which has been allowed since the creation of the EU single market in 1993. Red tape has already applied for British exporters trading in the other direction for three years.

The implementation of the changes has been delayed five times, in part to give businesses time to prepare and to reduce disruption to supply chains. The new border checks will also be phased in over the next year, with physical checks starting from 30 April.

The physical checks down the line have prompted fears of disruption to business supply chains. For example, lorries carrying goods could be stopped at ports to ensure they have the correct documentation. Concerns remain that extra checks will see import costs for businesses rise, and in turn prices for consumers.

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BBC: Post-Brexit controls on food and farm imports start

Poland: The Dramatic Situation of Farmers, Government Reacts

Polish farmers declare general strike

Currently, Polish farmers are announcing a general strike and are announcing a series of protests across the country, which will begin on Friday, February 9 and will last for a month. The final is scheduled for March 10.

According to the Agricultural Solidarity, the Polish government should present a specific plan for agricultural production and a project to rebuild Polish processing and trade.

Minister of Agriculture Czesław Siekierski explains that he is still talking to farmers and their organizations. “We take very seriously talks with farmers, but we need time, we ask for this, because this government has only been functioning for six or seven weeks,” Michał Dobrołowicz, told RMF FM reporter.

Read more: Spring of the peoples in Poland. The Dramatic Situation of Farmers, Government Reacts

Now distributing Cherry Valley Duck

We are pleased to offer Cherry Valley Ducklings and portions with the following specifications:


Duck Breast: Duck Legs Whole Duckling:
200-220g 180-220g 2.4kg
220-240g; 220-250g 2.6kg
240-260g 250-300g 2.8kg
260-280g 3kg

If you are interested in stocking this premium product, please reach out to your sales representative for further discussion.

Introducing Orchard Quality Chicken Portions

Orchard Foods

Now available Orchard Quality Foods chicken wings and drumsticks.

Sourced from approved UK origins our individually quick-frozen wings and drumsticks are conveniently packed in 2kg bags, with 6 bags per case.

Contact your dedicated sales representative for pricing and availability.

Gressingham Group Acquisition

Gressingham Foods

In a strategic move aimed at bolstering its presence in the wholesale meat distribution sector, The Gressingham Group announced its acquisition of esteemed business Ken Briggs Ltd in October 2023.

This acquisition, with operations managed by the experienced team at JF Edwards on Smithfield market, marks a significant expansion into new territories.

Based in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, Ken Briggs Ltd has been a cornerstone of the meat supply industry for decades, serving a diverse clientele across the East Midlands and Lincolnshire. Originally renowned for its expertise in poultry, the company has diversified its product range in recent years, catering to evolving market demands.

With a legacy spanning over 70 years, Ken Briggs Ltd has remained a profitable venture under the stewardship of the same family. Founded by Ken Briggs’ father, the business has thrived through generations, maintaining a steadfast commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.

William Buchanan commented ‘this is a great acquisition strengthening our offering in wholesale meat distribution and the business will fit well within our Smithfield market business’.

The Gressingham Group
KenBriggs Ltd

Exploring Sevington Border Control Post

Sevington Brexit Border Control

On the 11th March 2024 representatives from Reids of Norwich attended a tour of the new inland border facility at Sevington.

This visit, facilitated by Freight Forwarders Unsworth Ltd, provided a comprehensive tour of the facility, offering valuable insights into its operations and significance in the evolving landscape of cross-border trade. Among the highlights was the chance to speak with Anthony Baldock, the site director, who gave his thoughts into the operations and strategic vision of Sevington BCP.

Starting 30th April 2024, Sevington BCP will conduct both documentary and physical inspections on specific sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) goods imported from the EU. This includes products of animal and plant origin (POAO). Raw poultry, classified as medium-risk, will be inspected at a cost of £11.00 per tonne, with additional fees for sampling and testing if required. Additionally, a common user charge has been introduced for the commercial transportation of animal products, plants, and plant products into Great Britain.

Common user charge rates
The following rates are charged for each commodity line in a CHED.

Commodity type Imports Transits
Low risk animal products £10 £10
Medium risk animal products £29 £10
High risk animal products £29 £10

More info:
Ashford – Sevington Inland Border Facility

BBC: Dover legal battle looms over food checks

Dover health chiefs are on the brink of major legal action against the government over plans to end checks for potentially dangerous foods at the UK’s most important ferry terminal.

They warn that illegal food could reach the British plate if commercial lorry inspections are moved 22 miles inland.

Officials fear the changes, a consequence of Brexit, smash a hole in the UK’s biosecurity measures.

The government says the new inland facility will ensure biosecurity.

But Dover District Council and its Port Health Authority (DPHA) are urging the government to pause the plans – saying it breaks their legal duties to keep the UK’s food supply safe amid fears the move could increase the risk of diseases.

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BBC: Dover legal battle looms over food checks