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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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 ...

📣 📸 Calling all food photographers , videographers and food stylists- there is now less than a month to go until entries close for the @foodphotoaward. We are very proud to sponsor the 'Food For Sale' category. But would encourage anyone thinking about entering any of the 25 categories to GO FOR IT! You could win a category (like @zayyarlin84) or even be crowned Food Photographer of the Year (like @kmasad) and take home a £5k prize and a load of fantastic opportunities. Give it a go - 2021 might be your year! ...

Is that more or less than you thought? 🤔 Our Senior Insight Analyst, Alex, has been looking at how the lockdown has affected consumer retail grocery habits and impacted eating at home. To read more click the link in our bio 👆 ...

Last but NOT least are @squeakybeanveg ready-to-eat Garlic and Herb Chicken Style pieces. Available now at @waitroseandpartners - they're perfect for adding to dishes or just snack out of the pack. Another great way to make the plant-based switch even easier this #veganuary ...

Ok....launch #2. Meet @squeakybeanveg Chinese style ribs, with a delicious sticky sauce. Another one ready in just 5 minutes and these will make the plant-based switch even easier. The brand's first beef alternative is available in @sainsburys. What are you waiting for?? ...

New year and we've some delicious #plantbased launches - perfect if you're doing @weareveganuary. @squeakybeanveg are definitely your sidekick if you're hoping for all the taste but none of the meat. Meet the Katus Curry chicken-style pieces that are available in @sainsburys. With an aromatic sauce they're ady to eat in just 5 mins!! ...

Slightly different to previously billed, this new year's eve is a much quieter affair for everyone. Whether you're cooking up something special, ordering in or just enjoying a glass of something - we wish you a Happy New Year. We're making the most of the leftover Christmas olives! ...

Today when some of the team are enjoying the bank holiday, we say thanks to those who are working and it’s business as usual. Production & manufacturing, warehouse, supply chain & logistics colleagues. Making sure our tasty olives, antipasti, pickles and plant-based products reach the shelves.

#clitheroe #bicester #redhill #team
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Leftovers, bubble & squeak, cold cuts, picky food, nibbles - whatever you want to call them! Our meats, olives and pickles are just PERFECT over the festive period. Relax, enjoy and take the strain out of the day. What's on your menu today? ...

A Happy Christmas from us to you. Here's to loved ones, friends and family - both near and far. ...

Instead of sending Christmas cards we've opted to donate to a fantastic cause @trusselltrust - working to stop UK hunger and poverty. Their network of foodbanks provide emergency food and support to people in crisis. Sadly there's never been such demand and so we want to do our bit to help. We still want to wish all of our contacts, followers, partners and customers a Merry Christmas. After a tough year Christmas won't be like it normally is, but we hope everyone has a chance to connect with loved ones and here's hoping for a brighter 2021. Take care of yourselves ...

Out of a number of our Christmas launches, this Bresaola Beef Carpaccio is a particularly tasty one - available at @marksandspencer. Just open and enjoy after adding the parmesan shavings, balsamic & olive oil drizzle. Even better if you have the patience to add it to a lovely serving plate (as opposed to straight out of the pack). ...

Do you mix and match your charcuterie? We love any combination of serrano, chorizo, speck or salami on a sharing platter with cheese, crackers, olives and grapes. Even if your Christmas is going to be a more modest affair or there will be less of you eating, you could still build a board. Go on, give it a try and let us know what'll be on there? ...

Another exciting launch 🚀 🎉📣 this time from @vadaszdeli with their Super Green Kimchi. Absolutely delicious, full of great gut-ness and available in @waitroseandpartners ...

“Awesome” is how the judges described our award winning @squeakybeanveg fluffy American style pancakes at today’s @thegrocerofficial #NewProductAwards.
Whoop whoop. We second that.
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