All the companies we buy chickens from are audited to our welfare standard. New suppliers must pass audits of their welfare standards, quality and food safety systems before they can begin selling to us. When we source from overseas, our minimum starting point is strict compliance with UK and EU welfare requirements, which our suppliers should aim to exceed.
Our technical teams visit all our suppliers regularly to assess compliance with our standard, producing monthly progress reports and action plans tailored to each supplier to drive progress. This process is backed up by regular audits by third party experts.
The ability to trace every chicken from farm to restaurant is an important part of our quality assurance system. Our short and simple supply chain makes this straightforward. Our well-established tracking systems gives each bird a unique supplier code and batch number.
In 2011, we were the first fast-food company to gain Red Tractor certification, for our British fresh chicken on the bone. This is a nationally recognised guarantee of welfare standards and provenance, and we work closely with UK farms and suppliers to maintain it.
We source free-range eggs for our breakfast menu and, in September 2012, KFC UK and Ireland received a Good Egg Award from Compassion in World Farming, for our commitment to switching to 100% free-range eggs.