As a major foodservice supplier, we ensure that all of our products and suppliers not only comply with health and safety regulations, but meet the high ethical standards demanded by our customers.
In the main, we work hard to:
- Support supply partners in managing the environmental impact of the supply chain
- Provide a range of healthy and sustainable foods
- Provide clear product labelling, nutritional details and product provenance information
- Reduce packaging as far as is practical
- Provide a choice of altruistic and accredited food ranges
- Provide a local supply choice where possible
Our healthier choices
We have signed up to the government’s Responsibility Deal which aims to promote healthy eating, physical exercise and reduce alcohol use amongst the nation’s population.
Under the scheme we have committed to remove all trans-fats from our Own Brand products and provided detailed labelling information per 100g on our products. We have done this to support our customers if they decide to show calorific information on their menus.
We now have 680 products in our ‘Positive Steps’ range, which is an ongoing initiative to provide customers with healthier menu options so they can meet consumer demands. The campaign focuses on reducing fat, sugar and salt levels in our products.
All Positive Steps products are:
- Fat free, low fat or reduced fat, and in addition will be either;
- Sugar-free, low sugar or reduced sugar, or;
- Sodium free, low sodium or reduced sodium
In addition to modifying our own products, we work with our suppliers to provide us with comprehensive ranges of fresh, natural, and preservative free products.
Our 3663 Own Brand
We have been working hard to make our Own Brand products healthier, without compromising on taste or quality.
All our Own Brand products are free from artificial hydrogenated vegetable oils, MSG and artificial colours. We have also sought to significantly reduce the amount of sugar and saturated fat in our products, so our customers know our Own Brand can give them healthy and nutritious dishes for their menu.
To satisfy the growing consumer demand for provenance and locally sourced goods, we work with local suppliers to meet our customers' needs. We work hard to respect the needs of individual suppliers and to set up local supply routes. Over 1,300* of our products are certified British products and we intend to keep on growing this range.
*Products that have 65% or more British ingredients in them.
We have been certified to the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Chain of Custody standard and offer a wide choice of fish products bearing the MSC label.
We also supply a comprehensive range of British Red Tractor Assured products, which all carry the British Red Tractor label. We now have over 120 of these products including potatoes, dairy and meat on offer.
We also have over 75 Fairtrade lines, and are always looking to add more, as part of our commitment to increase our ethically sourced products from home and abroad.
We have been working to introduce 100% recycled napkins and toilet tissue to our range along with fully recyclable and compostable disposables. Together with our ecological cleaning solutions which are completely biodegradable and our energy saving kitchen appliances, we are helping our customers to minimise their impact on the environment.