In a statement on Monday, Betta dropped the retailer product because an investigation by a non-profit organization found that the Thai-based Teppungborn Coconut Company was “exploiting monkeys and lying about it”.
The target joins Costco, where Paul dropped out in October.
Betta’s investigation found that the monkeys were forced to pick up coconuts and perform for tourists, and that they were “tied up, tied to old tires, or caged larger than their bodies”.
Some companies have changed their practices, while others hide monkeys when auditors come to check on the animals.
Target told CNN Business that “we take the claims against Sacco seriously and we decided to remove their products from our assortment in November 2020 because they could not adequately address the concerns they raised.”
Sacco, one of the world leaders in the production of coconut milk and other coconut products, and the Teppungborn Coconut Company did not immediately respond to CNN comment.
Betta said it would target 26,000 stores, including Wakemans, Food Lion, and Stop & Shop.
It now focuses on Publics, Groger and Albertsons, which continue to sell Sacco products.
Publix told CNN Business that the company had reviewed third-party audits and confirmed that the US ambassador to Thailand had monkeys “not used in the commercial harvest of coconuts”.
Requests for comment by Groger and Albertson were not sent immediately.