Supplies are purchased from approved suppliers, whose methods of operation have been scrutinised by our Safegard environmental health executives to ensure they meet our strict codes of practice for food safety.
We are committed to purchasing in ways that are ethical and sustainable whilst maintaining the highest standards of health and safety and to buying only from companies that we can rely upon to reinforce this commitment.
We take our environmental responsibilities, including sustainability, into account in all purchasing decisions. In our selection process we actively encourage suppliers who can demonstrate they control and reduce any negative impact on the environment caused by their processes, products and packaging. We insist that our suppliers guarantee minimum prices to growers under Fair Trade rules.
We are committed to local sourcing. We demonstrate this approach by:
- utilising national delivery services with local depots
- buying materials and products that are British
- buying consumables that are produced in the UK
- reduction on delivery miles through the purchase of concentrated products, less impact on the community
- reduction on local landfill charges providing supplier packing that is recyclable
Our concern to buy ethically is as strong as our dedication to best value.
All of our fresh fish is MSC accredited.
All our fresh UK sourced meat is red tractor accredited. Red Tractor covers all aspects of the supply chain from farm to fork. This includes food safety and hygiene, animal welfare, and environmental protection. The logo is not just about farm assurance. Standards must be met at every critical link in the supply chain. The flag in the logo indicates the origin of the food is UK.
Lion Mark Eggs
All our eggs are UK sourced.
Supporting UK farmers
Our preference is to maintain UK sourced products whenever possible. Through our network of suppliers we support a range of initiatives including the farm assured programme.
Supplier monitoring and support
We recognise that many smaller suppliers put themselves at risk by relying too heavily on larger companies. Our procurement team will actively monitor our spending with suppliers as a percentage of their turnover, and actively work with them to reduce their exposure to risk if required.
More than 90 per cent of the meat used in our menus will come from UK sources. The Red Tractor mark will ensure that the products supplied have minimum standards for animal welfare, sustainability and environmental best practice.
Genetically modified food
Our policy is against using genetically modified food. Our suppliers must conform to procedures intended to eliminate GM ingredients in meals we provide.