Manufacturers Should Be Recognized for Sourcing GAP-Certified Products

GAP Partners: Manufacturers

By displaying the GAP 5-Step® label on your meats and products, you immediately communicate a deeper transparency to the consumer, showing that you are committed to better animal care and production systems.

Being a Manufacturing partner can also open new doors to retailers and foodservice organizations looking for animal welfare certified meat products. As both consumers and customers demand higher transparency into raw material sources, the GAP label immediately communicates a commitment to both better animal care and production systems, as well as higher quality ingredients. Our manufacturing partners either process, package, and sell meat directly to retailers and food service organizations, or they provide ingredients used to make other consumer packaged good products like pet food or speciality food products.

The GAP Certification Process

The GAP Certification Process

The first step in the process is assuring that GAP standards are being met. With GAP’s technical knowledge, we have created comprehensive standards by animal group for each of our GAP Step® Ratings. Scroll down to review our standards. Then the GAP application to 3rd party auditor is completed. Once completed, your application for GAP certification is sent to one of three independent, 3rd party auditors. We use independent auditors because the GAP label stands for integrity and transparency. If your facility passes the auditor’s examination, a GAP 5-Step® Rating is assigned. Based on the results of the audit, the farm or ranch will earn a Step Rating of 1 through 5+. Note: ratings can be improved with each subsequent audit. And finally, our independent auditors continue to conduct visits to the farm or ranch every 15 months, throughout all seasons, to ensure compliance with GAP standards.

The 5-Step® Animal Welfare Rating Labels

Once a third-party audit has been conducted and a GAP Step® rating has been assigned, the appropriate GAP label is displayed on certified meat and other products. When you see the GAP label, you can feel confident that the animals have been raised following comprehensive standards focused on their care and welfare.

GAP Animal Welfare Rating Labels: Step 1
GAP Animal Welfare Rating Labels: Step 2
GAP Animal Welfare Rating Labels: Step 3
GAP Animal Welfare Rating Labels: Step 4
GAP Animal Welfare Rating Labels: Step 5
GAP Animal Welfare Rating Labels: Step 5+

What Our Partners are Saying

We really appreciate our relationship with the Global Animal Partnership. ... As livestock producers it is our goal to build trust with consumers who want to see a better for farmers, agriculture, and the livestock we all depend on.

Hickory Nut Gap FarmStep 4 Beef Cattle

We love the fact that Global Animal Partnership keeps the animals first!

Pederson's Natural FarmsStep 1 Products & Brands

To know that the way we're farming is making a positive difference — not only to the pigs themselves, but also for our customers — is gratifying.

Thompson FarmsStep 5+ Pigs

GAP Partner Manufacturers & Processors

3 Little Pigs, LLC

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken, Pork

Allen Harim

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

Atkins Ranch

Manufacturing & Processors:
Lamb

Bay Valley Foods Inc.

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

Bell & Evans

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

Boulder Natural Meats

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

Capra Foods

Farms & Ranches: Lamb, Step 5

Coleman Natural Foods

Manufacturing & Processors:
Pork

Continental Sausage

Manufacturing & Processors:
Beef, Pork

Emmaus Foods, LLC

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

Filet of Chicken

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

FreeBird Chicken

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

Goodnight Brothers Country Ham

Manufacturing & Processors:
Pork

Gourmet Foods, Inc.

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken, Pork

Happy N’ Healthy Pet Products

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken, Beef

Innovative Foods

Manufacturing & Processors:
Pork

Isernio’s Sausage Company

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken, Pork

Joyce Farms

Manufacturers & Processors:
Chicken Step 4, Poussin Step 2, Turkey Step 4, Beef Step 4

Maid-Rite Specialty Foods, LLC

Manufacturing & Processors:
Beef

Meyer Natural Angus

Manufacturing & Processors:
Beef

Miller Poultry

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

Mosner Family Brands

Manufacturing & Processors:
Beef, Lamb, Pork

Pederson’s Natural Farms, Inc.

Manufacturing & Processors:
Pork

Perdue Farms

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

Plainville Farms

Manufacturing & Processors:
Turkey

Tarantino Meat Co

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken, Pork

Villari Brothers

Manufacturing & Processors:
Pork

Wayne Farms

Manufacturing & Processors:
Chicken

Wellshire Farms

Manufacturers & Processors:
Chicken, Beef, Pork

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