Sustainability

Sustainability

Sustainability

We have always taken the long view on sustainability, ensuring that it is embedded throughout our business and our supply chain. We also have a record of taking leadership and sharing our sustainability learnings with our partners in order to have the maximum positive impact.

Animal welfare

Animal welfare

With a heritage of bringing continental meats to the UK, we work with over 290 farmers to supply own label and branded lines to retailers and foodservice. Across our range, many of these farmers can now boast higher welfare credentials.

Our European welfare journey began in 2000 and our highlights include winning Good Pig awards in Italy & Spain (a first), collecting a Special Recognition Award from Compassion in World Farming, and gaining UKAS accreditation for our Pig Module welfare scheme in 2018.

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Food waste reduction

Food waste reduction

We are part of a group of large food businesses that has committed to reduce food waste across our UK operations by 50% by 2030. As part of this project, we have adopted the approach of “measure, target, and act” on key areas across our UK operations. And we report publicly on our progress. Dedicated site personnel manage and target food waste giveaway KPIs on a daily basis. Our recently reported figure was at 3.6%, making us an industry front-runner.

Plant based

Plant based

Conversion of a meal from meat to plant-based has – on average – a net reduction in climate impact. We are committed to making plant-based products so delicious and compelling that more consumers make that change. Since 2018 we have been responsible for more switches from meat to meat-free than any other UK chilled business.

Community & charity

Community & charity

Supporting our local communities is important to us whether it’s school career days and education sessions, raising funds for local foodbanks, or sponsoring the community café’s meal delivery service.
In 2019 we donated over 100 pairs of used wellingtons to Small Steps Project in Uganda. These were passed onto children and adults living on rubbish tips.
Since 2010 we have supported Action Against Hunger by donating 1p from every unearthed® pack sold, helping to fund projects in Mali, Zambia and India, with donations in excess of £787,000.

Ethical

Ethical

With a large supply base, it is important to have visibility of ethical issues throughout the supply chain. Each step is assessed – from the grower/farmer level to raw material suppliers and product manufacturing sites.

We use a number of tools to assess and monitor the ethical status of suppliers. Our collaboration with a range of key bodies and groups ensures that we are at the forefront of understanding and managing the specific ethical risks within each step of the supply chain.

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We're big fans of the med diet and the tomato is so integral to that. So today we're closing our eyes, opening a pot of @foodsunearthed slow roasted tomatoes and savouring the memories of being somewhere warm and sunny. Extremely versatile, they can be enjoyed straight out of the pot, or are great as an ingredient - just like in these cous-cous and roasted tomato stuffed peppers. How do you prefer to eat yours? ...

📣 If you're vegan, a flexitarian or just like tasty food - then this is one for you. New ready-to-eat @squeakybeanveg Chargrilled🔥 Cajun Mini Fillets. No messing around. The taste and texture are a game changer. Well done to the plant-based team for creating something magical - now available in 200 @asda stores ...

Happy day of chocolate 🍫 . Celebrate with pimped up pancakes plus a drizzle of chocolate sauce and fruit. Oh and to top it off we added cream. But this isn't just any old pancake stack - it's a VEGAN stack (check out our very own @squeakybeanveg) as it's all plant-based on here. Enjoy your day and tell us what you're eating? ...

With a long weekend ahead of us, we can take it easy right? More time for lazy mornings which means a nice brunch. We've made ours with smoked brunswick ham, but you could add prosciutto, parma or speck for a touch of decandce. Add tea, coffee or juice and RELAX 🍳 ☕ ...

🐟 If you love fish then this is one for you - pan fried cod with roasted vegetables, rosemary roasted potatoes and sliced chorizo. Chorizo is one of our most popular continental meat products. Many years on after we first launched it to the UK retail market consumers love it just as much as they always have done. What's your favourite way to eat chorizo? happy Friday 🐟 ...

📣 The long awaited shortlist for the @foodphotoaward is now live!! 📷 This year has seen a bumper crop of gorgeously creative entries. We're delighted to see what's in our 'Food For Sale' category. So grab a drink, click above and scroll through to see what gorgeous images have been shortlisted. Is one of yours on there - let us know? Click the link in our bio to go straight to our 'Food for Sale' category ⬆️ ...

We understand consumers and we know that on shelf appeal and pack stand-out is so important. After research and trial, our @foodsunearthed brand have re-designed their packs using stronger, eye catching use of colour and a disruptive use of pattern (we love that nod to the Med too). Look out for new olive packs in @waitrose and @ocadouk. What's your favourite? ...

It's might be #BritishPieWeek but we think it's perfectly acceptable to add a little continental twist. Our pancetta, either smoked or unsmoked, is great to add to add flavour. Just like in this chicken & mushroom pie. The ultimate in comfort, made with authentic ingredients. We deliver happiness through food. What's your favourite pie? ...

Today is National Pig Day. Our welfare journey began in 2000 & since then we've been improving the welfare of pigs by working with @CIWF

We're committed to the following: + considerably more space for each pig + larger breeding facilities for each sow + free farrowing and +no pigs subjected to tail docking or teeth clipping.

These commitments have led to us, along with some of closest farming partners, to win awards and achieve what was considered 'impossible' in Europe. We thank them all for their dedication and pledge to continue the work with them.
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What does the future of sustainable pig farming look like? Why not join our webinar on Fri 26th March (09.45 - 12.00 GMT) and find out. We’ll set the scene on the future for food, sustainability and livestock, share some case studies, but also talk about how we can validate the data. Plus we’ll run a panel discussion to wrap things up. 🐷 🐖

The line-up includes speakers from Food Ethics Council, University of Leeds and Authenticate, as well as a panel discussion hosted by CIEL Livestock. Click the link in our bio to register. ⬆️
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We've done it! We've won 'Plant Based Manufacturing Company of the Year' at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards. Great recognition for a mammoth project. We spotted a gap in the plant-based market for ready-to-eat chicken style pieces so created a unique product (@squeakybeanveg) with great taste and texture. We secured investment & fitted out a brand new 100% plant-based site to manufacture it - all in 13 months. So great to get recognition for that. Congratulations to the entire #team ...

Quick quiz..🤔 You knew this was a) plant-based and b) that you could get this kind of deliciousness in a box, delivered to your door, ready to cook? Right? If not then check out @hellofreshuk who now include @vivera_UK in their plant-based boxes. Big thumbs up to our #foodservice team who have been involved in the project too. ...

Food photographers, YOU could be in amongst this prestigious collection of previous @foodphotoaward winners. You've got just 3 days left to enter. The judges will be presented with a shortlist, then sift through the category entries to select the winning photo. Each category winner is then put forward to be in the running for Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year. It's a unique award which carries prestige. So don't delay. We're proud to sponsor the 'Food for Sale' category and can't wait to see the entries. ...

📣 Listen up people 📣 exciting announcement. This month on @squeakybeanveg, we've handed over the creative reins to 28 different vegan influencers/foodies who will be showing consumers how fun, tasty and easy it is to enjoy plant-based eating. Cue some drool-inducing images and fantastic gastronomic delights. ...

After a busy week, fresh pasta and sauce (from our Soli brand) is the perfect solution. Authentically Italian, they are delicious, hassle free and super quick, giving you more time to relax. What could be better? Here we've got Aubergine, Mozzarella and Roasted Tomato ravioli paired with our spicy arrabiata sauce and at the back Strozzapreti with basil pesto sauce. What's your favourite pasta dish? PS you can find the Solil range @waitrose and @ocadouk ...

Chipotle cauliflower tacos, veggie stuffed baked potatoes and chocolate orange traybakes - just a selection of the #vegan delights we've seen on colleagues' @instagram feeds as they take on the @weareveganuary challenge. In our latest blog we catch up with some of them to find out what motivated them to get on board, tell us their favourite vegan recipes and share some tips for staying motivated. See the link in our bio https://bit.ly/3bT10CP ...

Just a couple of weeks left to perfect your entries for the @foodphotoaward. We're proud sponsors of the 'Food For Sale' category and the judges are looking for the very best shots of food for sale, be it a farmers market in France, spices in Senegal, macaroons in a chic Parisian emporium or coconut pancakes from a Thai floating market. Images of buying and selling food in shops and on the street anywhere in the world. For more details on how to enter, click the link in our bio ☝🏼 ☝🏾 ...

However you like to eat, our delicious range of olives and vegetable antipasti products are perfect if you want to make your own pizza. You could keep it simple. Or add some flavour with salami, nduja or chorizo. And for those of you who like to eat plant-based you can get creative with our range plant-based marinated chicken style pieces. Something for everyone. We're passionate about delivering happiness through food. ...

yet ANOTHER launch, perfect if you're doing @weareveganuary. Or just because. Our @squeakybeanveg have launched Crispy Duck style pieces (plus hoisin & pancakes) for the ultimate in plant-based, tasty eating (without the stress of booking a takeaway slot). Head to @waitroseandpartners to enjoy ...