THE Co-op has said it will cut broiler stocking densities from the second half of 2024.

The retailer made the announcement as a motion to introduce the Better Chicken Commitment (BCC) garnered significant support at its AGM.

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The motion was introduced by members, with 31,226 (96% of the total votes) calling for the supermarket to adopt the BCC standard by 2026.

The motion also asked for the board to report on chicken welfare improvements at the next AGM.

In its response, the board said it met many of the BCC’s requirements and would consider “opportunities to adopt elements of [it]”.

And the retailer said it would reduce broiler stocking densities from the second half of 2024 to 30kg/ sq m.

Welfare standards

In a statement, Co-op managing director Matt Hood said: “Looking after the animals in our care is a priority for us and ensures we can conveniently provide great quality, 100% British protein that also represents good value which our customers can afford, particular in these challenging cost of living times.

“I’m pleased this move will make a significant difference to our chicken welfare standards, and whilst I acknowledge delivering animal welfare improvements is an ongoing process, this is a big step in the right direction.”