We worked with Tesco and its meat supply chain to map and quantify the amount of responsible soy present in their indirect animal feed supply chain. The analysis was used to target where the greatest gains can take place and it highlighted the opportunities available to the business to achieve its 100% responsible soy sourcing goals. Our work also identified the significant proteins that have a high proportion of soy in their feed mix and provided hard numbers to help benchmark and improve their sourcing commitments.
Overcoming the obstacles of indirect sourcing
Tesco has a commitment to source 100% of its soy from responsible sources by 2020. Achieving this ambition requires feed tracability to measure its progress and monitor soy use throughout its direct and indirect supply chains. 3Keel worked with Tesco to develop the data collection and calculation process to understand which of its products have high exposure to soy in feed and to quantify the total amount of soy – both certified and uncertified – used to supply its fresh meat, fish and egg products.
The use of responsible soy in animal feed is a growing global concern due to the potential impacts of deforestation and land use change to satisfy market demands for its use. As a core ingredient in feed, often making up between 10 – 20% of feed ingredients, its availability is critical to many livestock feed systems.
Jon Gorman, Group Sustainable Sourcing Manager at Tesco said, “the support and guidance 3Keel provided in helping us collect and understand our indirect soy supply chain has been instrumental in showing us where our opportunities for improvement are.”