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How ethical is Cypressa?

Cypressa is a brand which has a below-benchmark score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Pasta, Pulses & Rice Ratings Table. Although Cypressa has not yet met our ethical benchmark, we hope to see the brand make progress in the future.

We would have extra confidence in Cypressa if it submitted itself to apply for Ethical Accreditation, whereby The Good Shopping Guide would make further detailed assessment and recommendations for ethical improvement.

Find out more about the ethical issues facing the Ethical Pasta, Pulses & Rice sector.


What does Cypressa do?

Cypressa was launched in 1964 to sell authentic foods from specialist producers and growers across the Mediterranean, Middle East and beyond.

In which areas does Cypressa perform poorly?

Cypressa gets a bottom rating for Organic as it lacks any certification. It also has a bottom rating for Animal Welfare, as undercover filming of one of its producers recently found evidence of animal suffering and pigs living in squalor.

Find out more about how we rate by exploring our ethical criteria.

Past Criticisms of Cypressa’s record

Investigations by the UK government body, the Environment Agency, have recently revealed that waste liquid from a Cranswick Country Foods (Cypressa’s parent company) pork slaughterhouse in Norfolk was accidentally discharged into a nearby watercourse in August of 2019, affecting a rare chalk stream.

In which areas does Cypressa score well for its ethics?

Cypressa’s parent company, Cranswick Country Foods, has a detailed Sustainability page with lots of targets, and a GMO Policy that shows it is taking action to avoid GM, so Cypressa gets a top score for its Environmental Report and our GM criterion.

We found no criticisms of Laila relating to Nuclear, Fossil Fuels, Political Donations or Armaments so it scores well for these criteria.

How can Cypressa improve its ethical rating?

The below-benchmark score that Cypressa is awarded on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Pasta, Pulses & Rice Ratings Table is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria.

To reach our minimum ethical benchmark and qualify for Ethical Accreditation, Cypressa has some issues to resolve, including  its lack of organic certification. If it applies for Ethical Accreditation, The Good Shopping Guide will be able to give Cypressa some guidance to improve.

Were you aware that your brand could benefit from Ethical Accreditation? Brands accredited by The Good Shopping Guide can display our Ethical Mark, showcasing to consumers that it is an ethical and sustainable brand. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us or complete a Free Initial Assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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