Squeaky Bean – new plant based brand

The meat free market continues to grow with more and more consumers buying into the category, buying more frequently and also spending more on their plant-based purchases. These changes have made the meat-free market an exciting area to work in. Part of that movement has been the introduction of Vivera into UK retailers. A Dutch […]

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Animal welfare training

Two weeks ago Maria and Louisa from our Farm Assurance and Welfare team attended the Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) and Poultry Welfare Officer (PWO) courses run by University of Bristol, Veterinary School at Langford.   Our WD Farm Assurance managers, key personnel from our production partners and our independent auditors (KIWA Agri-Food) are committed to participating in […]

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Commitment made to Food Waste Reduction

Winterbotham Darby have joined a collective of large UK food businesses (across retail, manufacturing and foodservice) to commit to reduce food waste by 50%, by 2030, across their UK operations. The UN reports that about a third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted and in the UK alone this was […]

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Food Film Shorts sponsored by Winterbotham Darby

We are delighted to announce that Winterbotham Darby are sponsoring Food Film Shorts, joining an illustrious list of brands associated with the prestigious Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year. Now in its eight year, this is the world’s leading awards which recognise the art and diversity of food photography. Along with a wide range […]

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Special Recognition Award for Winterbotham Darby

We’re over the moon to announce that we’ve received a Special Recognition Award at the Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards in Paris (Thursday 21st June). The award recognises companies that demonstrate outstanding innovation, commitment or achievement in a particular area of farm animal welfare.  To date, Unilever is the only […]

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Winterbotham Darby gains accreditation for first pan-European welfare scheme

We have a long heritage with animal welfare and farm assurance – our journey really started in 1999, then in 2002 we launched our first farm assured scheme in Italy. Since then we have progressed welfare in a way which enables us to stand out, showing commitment to an area which is often overlooked; considered […]

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Does your wallet match your ethics?

We hear it all the time…consumers say they would buy higher welfare products. However we also know that when it comes to the point of purchase, sales data shows us differently. Therefore we decided to commission some research into what consumer attitudes to animal welfare actually are and to get beneath the surface of this […]

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Freshly unearthed – launching a new concept in retail

Our flagship brand unearthed® has just launched a brand new deli pop-up in Waitrose, Richmond. Looking for the next generation of deli counter, we were challenged to deliver a unique and clearly differentiated experience. This is the culmination of a year-long project working closely with Waitrose to help develop and curate a whole new concept in […]

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Benefits of environmental enrichment on pig health and welfare

Recent research suggests that short pulses of enrichment induced behaviour may have beneficial effects on the brain in terms of improved emotional state and reduced inflammation. The beneficial effects of environmental enrichment on the reduction and prevention of harmful behaviours in captive animals are well known, however research into its effects on neural development and […]

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Production Partner Focus – Madeo, Italy

Each month we run a profile on our high welfare production partners and this month it’s the turn of Good Pig Award 2017 winners Madeo. More from Anna Madeo… Who are Madeo and what is their history? Madeo was the brainchild of Ernesto Madeo who, along with his family, started his breeding farming in 1984. […]

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Animal Health and Welfare courses – May 2019

From across our network here are some dates for training events, conference or workshops Tuesday 14th May – Welfare Indicators for Novel Species in Aquaculture – Swansea This event is free but booking is essential (via eventbrite here) For more information on the event, you can download a flier here  

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Food Film Shorts 2019 shortlist revealed

Earlier this year, we posted that Winterbotham Darby are proud sponsors of Food Film Shorts – a category of the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year. The remit for the category was that we were looking for short (30 sec – 3 minutes) films that could be about food in any context. We asked […]

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Pain management trials – an update

You may remember that last month we featured one of our industry partners, Medical Ethics Pty Ltd. They have recently completed a number of studies for their Tri-Solfen® anaesthetic and analgesia product. The objective being to verify the safety and efficacy in mitigating pain during and after piglet castration. We spoke to Allan Giffard, Managing […]

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Production partner focus – Italy

We work with a large number of European production partners and in each newsletter we will highlight one of our welfare partners. This time it’s the turn of Italian partner, Citterio. Winterbotham Darby and Citterio have now been working together since 2007 and in that time have developed a fantastic partnership approach. They have a […]

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Welcome to the new Food Film Shorts judges

In a previous post we announced our sponsorship of Food Film Shorts, a category of the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year awards. Today we meet the two new category judges. Here in our development kitchen we’re constantly working with new and exciting ingredients and there’s rarely a day that goes by when we […]

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