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Whole Foods Market applauds Global Animal Partnership’s enhanced animal welfare standard for chickens

GAP to require slower-growing chicken breeds by 2024

AUSTIN, Texas (March 17, 2016) – Whole Foods Market is pleased to support the enhancement of Global Animal Partnership’s (GAP) standards to require all producers to move away from fast-growth breeds of chicken.

GAP announced today its intention to require only slower-growing chicken breeds by 2024 for certification for all levels of its 5-Step® Rating Program, due to the unresolvable welfare issues inherent in fast-growing breeds of chicken.

“Since 2011, Whole Foods Market has used Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step Rating system to provide our customers with standards and information around how the animal was raised for the meat they buy,” said Theo Weening, global meat buyer for Whole Foods Market. “Supporting this additional commitment to improve chicken welfare is a step forward in continuing to provide our customers with products of the highest quality and flavor.”

To learn more about Global Animal Partnership, its 5-Step Rating Program, and its commitment to slower growing chicken breeds by 2024, please visit

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Theo Weening

Vice President of Meat and Poultry

Theo’s passion for quality meats; intricate knowledge of raising practices, cuts and preparation techniques; and his dedication to the art of a centuries-old craft has made him a highly-sought national expert.