• The Co-operative rolls out higher-welfare pork

The Co-operative rolls out higher-welfare pork

From 5 January 2009, all The Co-operative’s own-brand premium Truly Irresistible pork, bacon and sausage ranges will be made using Freedom Food-accredited outdoor reared Hampshire breed pork.

The Truly Irresistible ranges will come from animals reared on farms approved under the Freedom Food scheme, which assesses conditions for farm animals in accordance with welfare standards devised and monitored by the RSPCA.

As well as meeting these higher-welfare standards, the outdoor reared Hampshire pork is excellent quality and delicious. It comes from pigs that are sired by Hampshire boars, a traditional British breed renowned for producing tasty and succulent meat.

The Co-operative is planning to extend higher-welfare standards to all its own-brand fresh pork by Autumn 2009.

Lynne Forbes, Category Development Manager for Chilled, Prepared & Protein at The Co-operative, said: 'We are committed to introducing higher-welfare standards for pork as part of our Food Ethical Policy.  As well as providing a better quality of life for the pigs, the outdoor reared Hampshire breed pork is mouthwatering and delicious. We’re sure that our customers will agree when the products are launched in January.'

Range of TI higher welfare pork


The products in the range are:

Pork

Truly Irresistible Pork Loin Chops £7.99/kg
Truly Irresistible Pork Medallions £10.99/kg
Truly Irresistible Pork Leg Joint  £6.99/kg
Truly Irresistible Pork Loin Steaks £8.99/kg
Truly Irresistible Pork Loin Joint  £8.99/kg

Sausages

Truly Irresistible Pork & Apple Sausages 400g £2.59
Truly Irresistible Pork & Herb Sausages 400g £2.59
Truly Irresistible Cumberland Sausages 400g £2.59
Truly Irresistible Pork Sausages 400g  £2.59
Truly Irresistible Honey & Mustard Sausages 400g £2.59
Truly Irresistible Sweet Chilli Sausages 400g £2.59
Truly Irresistible Pork Chipolatas 340g £2.59

Bacon 

Truly Irresistible British Oak Smoked Rindless Back Bacon 200g £2.99
Truly Irresistible British Unsmoked Rindless Back Bacon 200g £2.99
Truly Irresistible British Oak Smoked Streaky Bacon 200g £2.99
Truly Irresistible British Wiltshire Cured Oak Smoked Rindless Back Bacon 200g £2.99
Truly Irresistible British Wiltshire Cured Oak Unsmoked Rindless Back Bacon 200g £2.99