If Applegate is truly for transparency, why don’t you list all the companies who produce your products?
We have shied away from disclosing all of our co-processors and packers because we were a small, growing company and do not want to risk divulging that information to competitors. We use many partners to make our products, but no matter who the manufacturer, please know the standards are Applegate standards: meat and poultry from animals raised humanely and without antibiotics or any growth promotants, and no artificial ingredients or preservatives. You can download an app or go to the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service website to find out where any meat or poultry product is produced by entering the USDA establishment number: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/mpidirectory
. All animal agriculture products have a USDA establishment number, which traces back to the plant where the product was manufactured. Here’s a link on finding the USDA establishment number: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/food-labeling/how-to-find-the-usda-establishment-number/how-to-find-the-usda-establishment-number
Applegate talks a lot about your network of farms. Why don’t you list all your farmers and suppliers on your website?
We often spotlight some our partner farmers on videos on our website and YouTube channel. The reason we don’t list all of our farm suppliers is because the network changes – we are always evaluating and adding new suppliers. We started with only about 10 farms more than 28 years ago and now have more than 2,500. Another reason we don’t share too much farmer information is that the market for antibiotic-free and organic meat and poultry is highly competitive. And while we don’t share the names of every one of our farmers, we’re proud to tell you that all of our poultry, pork, and beef is third-party certified for animal welfare by either Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Step Level®
Program, Certified Humane®
(CH) Farm Animal Care, or Australian Certified Organic . You can find more information on their websites: http://certifiedhumane.org/
The majority of Applegate pork is GAP Step Level 1 rated and some with Certified Humane®
. Our broilers are GAP Step Level 2 or 3 and some with Certified Humane®
. Our turkey is certified at GAP Step Level 1. Our grass-fed beef, currently sourced from Australia, is 100 percent pasture raised and finished, and GAP Step Level 4, and/or Certified Humane®
, and/or Australian Certified Organic certified for animal welfare. As we mentioned, 100% of our meat is from animal welfare certified farms! . Applegate uses its own full-time staff who have been trained through the Professional Animal Auditors Certification Organization (PAACO) program on humane standards to additionally insure humane animal husbandry practices are followed. If suppliers are found to be in violation of our third-party certifier’s or our own requirements, we demand corrective action or the supplier risks being removed from our program.
If you use Certified Humane® Farm Animal Care, why aren’t you on their website?
Applegate isn’t listed on Certified Humane’s website because we no longer partner with them directly to audit farms, partially because Whole Foods has made Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Step Level®
program its standard. However, we do continue to purchase meat and poultry from farmers and suppliers who are part of the Certified Humane®
Farm Animal Care network.. The majority of our suppliers are unnamed, but appear as certified producers on the Certified Humane®
website and other humane program websites. One hundred percent of our meats are from Applegate-approved and certified animal welfare programs.