Top Grocery Retailers - and the "Oscar" goes to…

Feb 23, 2016, 15:26 ET from Humane Farm Animal Care

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This Sunday, the 88th Academy Awards will honor the best films of 2015, but not before Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), the leading international non-profit certification organization improving the lives of millions of farm animals in food production, steps up to the stage to shine a spotlight on a few retail superstars that are making a difference in the lives of farm animals.

HFAC believes the best way to help farm animals is through the marketplace. Every year, they give an "Oscar" nod to those retailers that show their commitment to animal welfare by selling Certified Humane® products in their stores.

So without further ado, the Oscar goes to…

Most Committed Retailer
This superstar grocery store takes home the title for the 3rd year in a row! Sobeys is the only major retailer in North and South America to sell beef, pork and poultry in their stores that are required to be Certified Humane®. We can't say enough about this grocery store chain and their commitment to providing Certified Humane® products for their customers. Two thumbs up for its compassionate leadership!

Best Performance in a Supporting Role
Safeway Inc.
Safeway, another 3-time winner in this category continues to show their support for cage-free eggs. They are the only major grocery retailer in the U.S. to require all of its eggs not just be cage-free, but Certified Humane® cage-free – in all of their stores. Safeway sets the bar high for other grocery retailers.

Most Certified Humane® Products in their Stores
Whole Foods
Whole Foods listens to their customer's requests by providing the largest selection of Certified Humane® products in their stores, including eggs, dairy, and meat products. HFAC would like to thank their moms for raising such conscientious leaders.

Most Committed Pet Food Retailer
Wylie Wagg
Wylie Wagg operates a group of stores in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, selling all available varieties of Certified Humane pet food and snacks. That's something to bark and meow about!

Honorable Mentions  
These regional stores each carry four or more categories of Certified Humane® products in every location.
Sacramento Natural Foods Cooperative - California
New Leaf Community Markets - Northern California
Kings Food Markets - New Jersey and New York
Mom's Organic Market - greater Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area
Roots Market - Maryland
Co-op Food Stores - New Hampshire and Vermont
Hunger Mountain Coop - Vermont
Ashland Food Coop - Oregon
Community Food CoopWashington State

Now Certified Humane® fans, how do we get more "superstars" in this star-studded line up of retailers carrying Certified Humane® products?

Thank a local store for carrying Certified Humane® products and encourage them to carry more by downloading a Certified Humane Comment Card and dropping it at their customer service desk.

If your store does not stock Certified Humane® products, download a "product request" form to give to your local store manager asking them to stock these products.

For more information, visit HFAC's "Where to Buy" page or download the Certified Humane® App. You can also access the mobile "Where to Buy" page by going to For additional information, visit HFAC's website at,

About Humane Farm Animal Care
Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) is the leading international non-profit certification organization improving the lives of farm animals in food production. The Certified Humane® designation assures consumers that meat, poultry, egg, or dairy products they purchase have been produced according to HFAC's precise standards for humane farm animal treatment. Animals must receive a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones and must be raised with shelter, resting areas and space sufficient to support natural behavior. Since the HFAC program was unveiled in May 2003, more than 110 companies, representing thousands of farms and 96.7 million farm animals, have been certified through the program, which now operates in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Peru, and Chile. To learn more about HFAC, visit

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