Victory! Global Food Industry Ditches Deadly Animal Tests—See the List

PETA scientists are modernizing food-industry testing worldwide by successfully persuading companies to use modern science and end the use of cruel and deadly animal tests.

Following extensive discussions, PETA persuaded the food and beverage companies marked with an asterisk (*) below to stop conducting or funding deadly experiments on animals in order to establish health claims for the marketing of products or ingredients. Now, they’ll no longer take part in animal tests unless they’re required by law or government regulators (and PETA is working on that, too). These victories will prevent thousands of animals in laboratories from being poisoned, electrocuted, cut apart, and much more. All the other companies listed below have never tested on animals and have confirmed to us that they have no intention of starting.

Food and Beverage Companies That Don’t Test on Animals

  1. Accolade Wines
  2. Adagio Teas
  3. Agropur Dairy Cooperative
  4. AGV Products Corp.*
  5. Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG
  6. Amy’s Kitchen, Inc.
  7. Ankerkraut GmbH
  8. Apeejay Surrendra Group (Typhoo Tea only)
  9. Arbor Crest Wineries & Nursery, Inc.
  10. Arcor S.A.I.C.
  11. Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.*
  12. Australian Fruit Tea Company Pty Ltd.
  13. B&G Foods, Inc.
  14. Bacardi-Martini, Inc.
  15. Ball Corporation*
  16. Barilla SpA*
  17. Barry Callebaut*
  18. Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate Ltd.
  19. Beyond Meat
  20. Bigelow Tea
  21. Bimbo Bakeries USA
  22. Black Star Farms, LLC.
  23. Blommer Chocolate Company*
  24. Bonduelle Group
  25. Borealis Foods
  26. Brown-Forman Corporation
  27. Campbell Soup Company
  28. Chobani Global Holdings, LLC
  29. The Coca-Cola Company*
  30. Constellation Brands, Inc.*
  31. Daintree Tea
  32. Dean Foods
  33. Del Monte Pacific, Ltd.
  34. Diaspora Tea & Herb Co (doing business as Rishi Tea & Botanicals)
  35. Dole Food Company*
  36. Don Lee Farms (Goodman Food Products, Inc.)
  37. Praeger’s Sensible Foods
  38. E. & J. Gallo Winery
  39. Eclipse Foods
  40. Ensuiko Sugar Refining Co., Ltd.*
  41. Ethicoco
  42. Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd.*
  43. Field Roast
  44. Flowers Foods, Inc.
  45. Follow Your Heart
  46. Fortnum & Mason
  47. The Frauxmagerie Ltd.
  48. Fuji Oil Holdings Inc.*
  49. Gathered Foods
  50. General Mills Inc.*
  51. Givaudan
  52. Grape King Bio*
  53. Green Monday Group/OmniFoods
  54. Grupo Peñaflor S.A.
  55. Hain Celestial Group
  56. Hari Har Chai
  57. Heineken N.V.
  58. The Hershey Company*
  59. HOT EARTH GmbH
  60. House Foods Group Inc.*
  61. Ingredion Incorporated*
  62. Intelligentsia Coffee, Inc.
  63. ITO EN, Ltd.*
  64. J&J Snack Foods Corp.
  65. James White Drinks
  66. JINKA Foods
  67. Kellogg Company*
  68. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc.
  69. Kewpie Corporation*
  70. Kikkoman Corporation*
  71. KIND
  72. Kipster
  73. Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd.*
  74. Koala Tea Company Pty Ltd.
  75. Korea Yakult*
  76. Kuleana
  77. Lactalis American Group, Inc.
  78. Lakewood Organic Juices
  79. Lancaster Colony Corporation
  80. Lian Hwa Foods Corp.*
  81. Lightlife Foods, Inc.
  82. Lindt & Sprüngli
  83. May Wah with Lily’s Vegan Pantry
  84. McCain Foods Limited*
  85. McCormick & Company, Inc.
  86. Megmilk Snow Brand Co., Ltd.*
  87. Meiji Co., Ltd.*
  88. Mitch’s Vegan Jerky
  89. Molson Coors Brewing Company
  90. Monde Nissin
  91. Monogram Foods Solutions, LLC
  92. Morinaga & Co., Ltd.*
  93. Nagase & Co., Ltd.*
  94. Next Gen Foods
  95. NH Foods Ltd.*
  96. Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd.*
  97. Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd.*
  98. Nitto Beverage Co., Ltd.
  99. Nuts For Cheese
  100. Oatly Group
  101. Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.*
  102. The Original Ceylon Tea Company
  103. OSI Group
  104. Ostfriesische Tee Gesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG
  105. PepsiCo, Inc.*
  106. Pernod Ricard*
  107. Pinnacle Foods Inc.
  108. POM Wonderful LLC*
  109. Primeval Foods
  110. Primo Water Corporation
  111. Rebellyous Foods
  112. Reily Foods Company
  113. Reine Vegan Cuisine
  114. Rich Products Corporation
  115. Riken Vitamin Co., Ltd.*
  116. Robertet SA*
  117. Sanderson Farms, Inc.
  118. Sapporo Holdings Ltd.*
  119. Saputo Inc.
  120. Satake Corporation*
  121. Semper AB
  122. Seneca Foods Corporation
  123. Sensient Technologies Corporation*
  124. Shiok Meats Pte. Ltd.
  125. Simply Eggless
  126. Standard Foods Group*
  127. Stash Tea Company
  128. Strand Tea Company
  129. Strauss Group*
  130. Sugar Creek Packing Co.
  131. Sunshine Burger & Specialty Food Co, LLC
  132. Suntory Holdings Limited*
  133. Sweet Earth Enlightened Foods
  134. Swilled Dog Hard Cider*
  135. Swire Coca-Cola Taiwan*
  136. Takasago International Corporation*
  137. TeeGschwendner
  138. Das Teehaus
  139. Teekanne GmbH & KG
  140. Tesco PLC (tea products only)
  141. T. Hasegawa Co.*
  142. Tofurky
  143. Toyo Suisan Kaisha, Ltd.*
  144. True Blue Holdings, LLC
  145. Twinings North America
  146. Uni-President*
  147. Unilever*
  148. Vegano Foods LLC
  149. Viña Concha y Toro S.A.
  150. Vitalon Foods Group*
  151. Welch Foods Inc.*
  152. Weston Foods (Canada) Inc.
  153. Whispering Pines Tea Company
  154. Wholesome Savour/OsomeFood
  155. Wildtype
  156. Yakult Co., Ltd.*
  157. Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd.*

Prior to contacting the companies, PETA uncovered disturbing documents showing that thousands of animals were cut into, tormented, and killed during cruel laboratory experiments for decades—all so that companies could attempt to make marketing claims about products ranging from Ramen noodles to candy bars and from breakfast cereals to liquor. Marketers aimed to boost product sales with suggestions of health-promoting ingredients, and they turned to experiments on animals for proof—even though the scientific evidence shows that animal testing is ineffective and fails to lead to human treatments.

Countless dogs, rabbits, monkeys, pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, and even chimpanzees endured crude tests so that food marketers could attempt to persuade consumers to spend money on their products.

In these food- and beverage-industry experiments, animals were restrained in tubes, hung by their tails, forced to run on treadmills, and made to stand on hot plates; force-fed and starved; injected with chemicals, drugs, alcohol, and cancer cells; made to swim until they were exhausted and inhale smoke; cut apart; made to endure the exposure of their nerves and electrocuted; given facial lacerations; infected with harmful bacteria and viruses; inflicted with erectile dysfunction; and killed by suffocation or neck-breaking, after which they were dissected.

These animal experiments are not required by law. Effective non-animal research methods or studies safely conducted on human volunteers or donated human tissue are readily available, more affordable than animal tests, and much more reliable.

Now, thousands of animals will be prevented from enduring experiments like these and many more as PETA continues to persuade corporate executives to choose modern and compassionate research methods.

Update: April 2, 2021

More good news for animals! With the active cooperation of a PETA Germany representative, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published new definitions of the words “vegan” and “vegetarian” for food and beverage manufacturers. In addition to setting standards for the types of ingredients permitted in food and beverage products labeled with these terms, the definitions prohibit manufacturers of such products from pursuing animal experiments not required by law, like the ones described above.

Prior to these new ISO definitions, there were no uniform international industry standards for these terms. Now, if companies claim to follow ISO standards but voluntarily pursue animal testing related to their products labeled as vegan or vegetarian, these companies can be held liable for damages by their contract partners (e.g., supermarkets). Moreover, this would constitute a violation of the principles of fair trade, which could result in warnings, lawsuits, or even damage claims.

PETA joins PETA Germany in calling for a ban on all animal tests for foods and beverages and for the definitions to be changed from voluntary industry commitments into a binding European law standard known as an EN-ISO. Eventually, the definition of the word “vegan” should not only exclude ingredients of animal origin but also other forms of animal abuse for foods.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind