In 2008, Whole Foods Market – a US-based natural and organic food grocer – successfully piloted a Step-rated Program at the launch of their flagship store in London, England. With the success of the launch in the UK, WFM’s co-CEO John Mackey felt that a significantly greater impact could be achieved internationally by having an independent organization own and develop a farm animal welfare certification Program. And so in late 2008, with help from Whole Foods Market, the Global Animal Partnership was born.
Since that time, we’ve grown our team and program to better serve all of our partners. We look forward to continuing our strong partnerships with farmers, ranchers, producers, manufacturers, food service companies, and restaurants as we continue to grow awareness and demand for GAP products.