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Harris Teeter Increases its Commitment to Animal Welfare
Executives work to strengthen the company’s ongoing commitment to animal welfare practices.

In an effort to increase their existing commitment to animal welfare, Harris Teeter released details about their current policies and future plans to ensure that they are leading the way in the grocery industry. The fight against animal cruelty is of vital importance to Harris Teeter. The company is committed to strengthening relationships and improving processes with its current and future suppliers. Below you will find a detailed description of the major areas of focus:

Controlled-Atmosphere Killing (CAK) and Controlled-Atmosphere Stunning (CAS):

Harris Teeter is currently purchasing a percentage of its chicken meat from producers using CAS; the retailer will increase its purchases by 5% in 2008, 10% in 2009, and 15% in 2010. Harris Teeter is also committed to purchasing 2% of its turkey meat from animal welfare-friendly CAK producers by fall of 2008, and will immediately give purchasing preference to suppliers using animal welfare-friendly controlled-atmosphere slaughter systems. It is their goal to continually increase the amount of CAS poultry purchased and sold throughout the chain.

Gestation Crates:

Harris Teeter will increase its total volume of pork from producers that have committed to phasing out gestation crates by 10% in 2009, 15% in 2010, and 20% in 2001. The company stated that it would also give purchasing preference to pork suppliers that are phasing out gestation crates.

Cage-Free Eggs:

As the leader among conventional grocery chains, Harris Teeter is currently selling over 6% of eggs being raised cage free. The company currently offers two HT Natural eggs that are cage free and has also identified a need to sell a white egg as part of the HT Naturals product line. Harris Teeter is implementing a policy to give buying preference to cage free eggs and will increase the share of egg business represented by cage free eggs to 9% in 2009 and work toward 12% in 2012 through increased promotional efforts and products.