Animal Care

Our Standards

The way nature intended.

What We do isn't the Easy Way

Our high standards for animal care and quality ingredients have been part of our family business since the beginning. We believe saying “NO” is a good thing. If it’s not right for the families we serve and the animals our farmers raise, we say “NO” and always will.

Our Pork Program

American Humane Certified

American Humane Certified

We are one of only two pork producers in the country to hold this certification, which provides third-party auditing of every phase of pork production including farms, transportation and harvesting. The certification is based on the Five Freedoms, a globally accepted measure of animal care that goes beyond the basics of food, water, shelter and health to include freedom from distress and the freedom to express normal behaviors.

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Crate Free

Coleman Natural Foods is the largest pork producer to source 100% Crate Free hogs. Hogs are raised in environments that eliminate confinement and allow them to express normal behavior, with ample space to move during gestation and upon giving birth to their litter.

Raised in USA

More than 100 farmers work with us daily to bring our customers the highest quality products.

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No antibiotics ever

We believe antibiotics have a purpose when it comes to treating disease, but not for sub-therapeutic use to increase feeding efficiency. We cull animals that get sick, treat them and sell them in commodity markets.

No hormones added

Federal regulations do not permit the use of added hormones in pork; however, growth promotants are prominent alternatives used by commodity producers. Our farmers never use added hormones or growth promotants.

No animal by-products all-vegetarian

Conventional livestock diets typically use animal by-products as an inexpensive source of protein. Our all-vegetarian diet is carefully blended to ensure balanced nutrition for the animals. We believe that results in better tasting meat.

all natural

We never use artificial ingredients in our products and keep things as simple as possible.

Our Poultry Program

USDA Organic

Organic Chickens

We're proud to say our organic products exceed the requirements of the National Organic Standards Board by adhering to the GAP2 guidelines and being Certified USDA Organic.

What does that mean?

Our organic chickens are raised free range on certified organic farms. They have the ability to roam freely, in addition to:

  • Houses with windows for natural light
  • Outdoor access to sunshades and food and water
  • Doors that allow them to go inside or outside freely
  • Perches and pecking bales for play
Five Freedoms
For Animals
  • Freedom from Hunger and Thirst

    We offer continuous access to nutritionally complete 100% veggie diets free from animal by-products. We also offer herbal products and probiotics to promote healthy chickens. For the future, we're working on chick feed nutrition that supports a stronger, healthier start to their development.

  • Freedom from Discomfort

    All poultry houses have state-of-the-art temperature control. Many of our chickens have outdoor access and natural lighting, and we're adding more houses like this every year. We enforce mandatory "lights off" resting periods and are studying how we can make chickens feel more comfortable in the future within their housing environment.

  • Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease

    We are a leader in raising healthy animals without antibiotics. Our goal is to completely eliminate their use at our company. We provide constant supervision and veterinary care, and we never withhold care when needed. We prohibit genetic engineering in our breeds and are investigating slower growth breeds as an alternative.

  • Freedom to Express Normal Behavior

    Simply put, we believe when raising poultry, chickens should be able to act like chickens. So we're funding graduate-level programs studying chicken activity and what encourages more activity and play. And every year, we're adding more housing with outdoor access, windows, perches and pecking bales.

  • Freedom from Fear and Distress

    We have zero tolerance policies for instances of animal abuse, have emergency procedures in place for natural disasters, and we are doing other things to minimize bird stress, such as implementing controlled atmosphere stunning.




1Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones or steroids in pork and poultry.

†Except for milk protein in pork products.

*Minimally processed. No artificial ingredients.

**Not restrained in gestation or farrowing crates.

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