in chicken meat production
Responsibility towards consumers, our customers, employees and suppliers as well as animals and the environment is the bedrock of our daily operations.
for consumers & customers
Chicken tastes good and can be prepared in many different ways. It also provides numerous important nutrients that make it particularly valuable for a balanced diet: high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals as well as a beneficial fatty acid composition.
According to the Consumer Information Act, consumers should be able to make self-determined, autonomous decisions based on reliable information. We make a quality promise for every product that leaves our company. In addition to taste and appearance, we focus primarily on the microbiological and chemical quality of our products.
Every product can be fully traced back.
The packaging provides information about when, where and who was involved?
Documentation of the entire production process from the ready-for-sale product back to the parent animal ensures full transparency throughout the entire value chain.
In-house controls, frequent inspections by internal and external inspection bodies as well as official animal inspections guarantee maximum safety with regard to the quality of our products.
Our quality is also confirmed by established certifications.
for our employees
Careers at Rothkötter
Producing food is one of the most responsible jobs in the world. More than 4,500 people work in this capacity in the Rothkötter group of companies. As an employer, Rothkötter offers plenty of highly diversified prospects for pupils, students, career starters as well as specialists and managers.
Apprenticeships and dual studies
The Rothkötter group offers 20 multi-faceted apprenticeships and dual study programmes. Between commercial apprenticeships, technical and industrial courses, administrative tasks, technical services, work in the barns, driving trucks, in production or in the compound feed plants – there is truly something for everyone.
A separate training workshop was opened in 2022 to provide the best possible training for the technical apprentices and students.
The offers of the Rothkötter group are as diversified as the areas of responsibility: In addition to good pay, capital-forming benefits and retirement provisions, the group offers an in-house daycare centre, a fitness bonus programme, company restaurants, sports programmes, employee discounts, company parties, targeted personnel development, ergonomic workplaces and much more.
Continuous career development
Rothkötter believes in the importance of the well-known saying ‘you never stop learning’. Our human resources development department is constantly working to train and advance our employees. We encourage the desire for further training and offer various courses and training for different positions – completely tailored to the individual.
As a company, we never stop learning and are constantly striving to make our work environment even more pleasant.
for animal welfare
High animal welfare standards are not only mandatory for us, but also for our chicken farmers. For the health and welfare of the animals, close cooperation between livestock farmers, our expert advisors for chicken farming, veterinarians and animal welfare officials is very important to us.
Animal welfare in the barn
Every chicken farmer attends to the animals regularly. They constantly monitor the welfare, appearance and behaviour of their animals. The farmers are supported in their tasks in the chicken barn by our expert advisors for chicken husbandry. They also undergo frequent internal and external audits. Moreover, detailed documentation and modern technology boost their efficiency.
Animal Welfare Initiative
German chicken breeding is governed by strict specifications. Group or flock size is not the only criterion for assessing animal welfare. The key factor is that the husbandry conditions are geared to the welfare of the individual animals and their needs. To ensure animal welfare, representatives from agriculture, the meat industry and the food retail sector are working closely together within the setting of the industry initiative ‘Initiative Tierwohl’ (Animal Welfare Initiative), in which we are also involved.
Information on the criteria of the Animal Welfare Initiative can be found at www.initiative-tierwohl.de
We also ensure responsible handling of animals during slaughter. All employees working with live animals receive special training.
for the environment
Sustainability is important to us, which is why we continuously work on the social, economic and ecological sustainability of our products and processes.
With regard to future developments, it is important to remember that the demand for food of animal origin in general, and chicken meat demand in particular, will continue to grow. This increase in demand – in combination with the scarcity of the globally available resource base – will further strengthen the trend towards efficient and resourceful production. It is instrumental for a modern agricultural economy to make use of new scientific findings for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment.
Sustainable water management
The wastewater from our chicken processing plants is treated in our own wastewater treatment plants, which are specially designed using state-of-the-art technology to meet our requirements. A fourth purification stage – known as ozonation – also eliminates potentially multi-resistant germs.
We are constantly striving to reduce the energy consumption of our production facilities. We also spare no effort to avoid emissions and to recycle residual materials in a sensible way. Our production facilities are state of the art and have been used by the Federal Environment Agency for a Europe-wide benchmark study. Moreover, renewable energies are playing an increasingly important role for us.
Among other things, we invest in photovoltaic systems and heat recovery systems.
„We are responsible every day for the chicks that leave our hatchery, for the feed we produce, for our more than 4,500 employees and for all the chicken meat packaging that leaves our production every day.“