Food and Nutrition

Food and nutrition

We voice the concerns of our 384,000 colleagues and represent the REWE Group’s interests regarding policy. The following sections give a more in-depth view of how this translates across a range of policy areas.

Phasing out chick culling

The REWE Group is leading the way to end the practice of chick culling and has contributed decisively to the development of an in-egg sexing procedure. Thanks to this procedure and alternative rearing methods, more than 300 million no-kill eggs have been sold since 2016. Certain aspects of the draft law set out by the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture in September 2019 jeopardise the successful phase-out of chick culling.

We stop chick culling.
Our Seleggt technology has enabled us to sell more than 700 million eggs without chick culling since 2016.

Nutri-Score

In a consumer survey conducted by the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture, Nutri-Score was the most popular system for improving the nutritional information available to shoppers. Following successful notification from the EU, the system has been in use in Germany since November 2019. The REWE Group has decided to roll out the Nutri-Score labelling system across its private label products in Germany.

We rely on transparency.
Nutri-Score labelling was launched on an initial 50 products in PENNY’s Naturgut brand and will be gradually expanded.

An end to the practice of non-anaesthetised piglet castration

From 1 January 2021, the practice of non-anaesthetised piglet castration will no longer be lawful and adequate anaesthesia must be used. The REWE Group accepts the use of all available alternatives to put an end to the practice of non-anaesthetised piglet castration as soon as possible.

Supporting animal welfare.
We have been striving to sell meat sourced only from humanely castrated piglets under our private label brands since August 2015.

Measures against food waste

Eleven million tons of food end up in garbage in Germany every year. The federal cabinet has therefore adopted a national strategy to reduce food waste. By 2030, food waste in Germany is to be halved at retail and consumer level and the food waste generated along production and supply chains is to be reduced, too. The Federal Government is thus following the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) adopted by the United Nations. REWE and PENNY have been working intensively against food waste for years, because throwing away food contradicts the social, ecological and economic beliefs of the REWE Group. The measures are very diverse.

REWE and PENNY sell more than 98% of the food on offer on an annual average.

Conversion from conventional goods to organic quality

There is an increasing demand for ecologically produced goods from our customers, especially in the fruit and vegetables sector. However, the switch to organic farming is associated with challenges for producers. Products that are already produced under ecological conditions may not be marketed as such. A transition period of two or three years must elapse before the products with the corresponding organic seals can go on sale. There are hardly any marketing opportunities for fruit and vegetables in conversion, except for selling them as conventional goods. This does not do justice to the effort in cultivation.

We support the switch to organic farming.
PENNY marketed 250 tons of “Junior Helden” (Junior Heroes) apples in 2020. It pays higher prices for the transitional produce.