Food Business Sourcing Guide

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The Food Business Sourcing Guide provides a snap shot of what foodservice companies say about the food they buy to serve to their consumers.

Mitchells & Butlers

Mitchells and Butlers are the largest restaurant and pub brand in the country. Their restaurants include Miller and Carter and Harvester.

Mitchells and Butlers are currently updating their sourcing information.


Number of outlets:

1,700


Turnover:

£2.1 billion. Serve 140million meals


Last updated:18 April 2019 at 11:20

Whitbread

Whitbread state that all farms Supplying them must be certified to a nationally recognised Farm Assurance scheme such as Red Tractor.

Whitbread require suppliers to comply with UK or EU animal welfare legislation, and supports and promotes ‘Five Freedoms’ principle.

Whitbread prefer to source from UK and Irish meat producers where commercially viable. Source from outside the UK and Ireland to ensure continuity of supply and consistency in product quality. Global suppliers are expected to comply with recognised EU and global animal welfare standards.

Committed to achieving 100% cage free status by end of 2020

Number of outlets:

785 hotels, 4,700 sites in total


Turnover:

£3.2 billion

Whitbread brands

Brewers Fayre

Beef
100% Farm Assured Beef Burgers
Chicken
Castle MacLellan chicken liver pate
Dairy
Red Leicester cheese

Beefeater

Beef
100% UK and Irish Farm Assured beef
Lamb
British lamb used in burger

Bar and Block Steakhouse

Beef
British beef breeds but reared in South America

Thyme

Beef
100% UK & Irish Farm Assured beef steaks
Pork
Cumberland salami, British ham
Dairy
British cheeses: Red Leicester, Somerset brie, Cropwell Bishop Stilton

Table Table

Beef
100% UK & Irish Farm Assured beef

Last updated:18 April 2019 at 11:05

Compass Group

Compass is one of the largest contract caterers in the UK, providing catering services to the MOD, schools , hospitals , care homes as well as major national leisure events. Compass brands include, Restaurant Associates, Medirest, ESS, Eurest, Chatwells, Levy, Leiths, Payne and Gunter, Nortree, Instore.

Number of outlets:

55,000 globally


Turnover:

Globally £22 billion. Europe £2.9 billion.

Beef
Progression aims to source veal from UK farms only
Dairy
100% British from Red Tractor farms
Additional
Pork and chicken are sourced from the UK and EU. Eggs sourced from Lion Code approved suppliers, moving to cage-free eggs by 2025. 100% British sugar.

Last updated:18 April 2019 at 11:05

Sodexo

Sodexo are a national contract caterer who operate across corporate, defence, events, hospitals, offshore, prisons, remote sites and schools. Sodexo have developed their own animal welfare strategy to meet its commitment to source sustainably reared products.

Number of outlets:

34,000 sites


Turnover:

€28 billion globally

Beef
Use Red Tractor assured lamb, but exact % not stated.
Lamb
Use Red Tractor assured lamb, but exact % not stated.
Pork
Use Red Tractor assured lamb, but exact % not stated.
Chicken
Use Red Tractor assured lamb, but exact % not stated.
Dairy
Use Red Tractor assured lamb, but exact % not stated.
Additional
All meat sourced from animals within the UK or EU. Eggs carry the British Lion stamp and working towards sourcing cage free eggs by 2025. Working in partnership with WWF to create Green and Lean meals which ensure ingredients are responsibly sourced e.g. meat and fish have to be RSPCA or MSC Assured.

Last updated:18 April 2019 at 11:05

Greene King

Greene King- overarching sourcing statement. “We insist that all of our suppliers either have a British Retail Consortium or a Safe and Local Supplier Approval accreditation. We require that all food products supplied to us meet our strict labelling requirements, and that our suppliers can demonstrate full traceability of all their products, too.”

Number of outlets:

1,750 managed pubs and restaurants


Turnover:

£1.9 billion

Greene King brands

Chef & Brewer

Beef
Farm assured British beef & venison
Chicken
Farm assured chicken
Dairy
British cheese: Somerset brie, Stilton, Croxton Manor Mature Cheddar. Beechdean Farmhouse ice cream. Christmas: British cheeses

Farmhouse Inns

Dairy
Beechdean Farmhouse ice cream

Greene King Local Pubs

Beef
British beef used in pies
Pork
Bearfields of London ham
Chicken
British chicken used in pies

Metropolitan Pub Company

Beef
Mount Grace Farm steak
Pork
Old Spot pork
Dairy
British cheese board

Old English Inns

Beef
100% British
Pork
Suffolk pork
Dairy
British cheeseboard: Somerset brie, stilton. Beechdean Farmhouse ice cream

Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill

Beef
British beef used in burgers
Pork
British ham hock
Additional
Christmas: British sausages, British steak, British cheese

Belhaven Pubs

Beef
British beef used in pies

Last updated:18 April 2019 at 11:05

McDonalds


Number of outlets:

1,249


Turnover:

£1.4 billion

Beef
Only British and Irish beef
Pork
Guarantee that all streaky bacon is British RSPCA Assured pork.
Chicken
100% chicken breast meat, use suppliers who adhere to high standards of animal welfare as well as those required by UK and EU legislation.
Dairy
Only use milk from UK dairy farms. Milkshakes, sundaes and ice creams all use British whole milk. UK Organic semi skinned milk is used for coffee, tea, porridge and the milk bottles in Happy Meal®. A variety of different cheeses are sourced from various European countries, depending on whether these are core menu or promotional products.
Additional
British potatoes used to make fries. Eggs used on the menu are British and conform to the Lion Quality Code of Practice or equivalent and meet RSPCA Assured standards. Sustainable beef club program in the UK and Ireland demonstrated significant GHG emission reductions by working with beef farmers on animal health and nutrition, breeding strategies and soil management practices. McDonald’s UK awarded both 2017 RSPCA Assured’s Food Service Award for commitment to Farm Animal Welfare and Compassion in World Farming 2017 commendation for welfare standards in organic milk supply.

Last updated:18 April 2019 at 11:05

Wetherspoon

Wetherspoon- overarching sourcing statement Where possible use British & Irish products and support local farming. All farms used by suppliers must meet Wetherspoon own livestock standards, with complete product trace-ability

Number of outlets:

50 Hotels. 1000 pubs.


Turnover:

£1.7 billion

Beef
All beef in the lasagne, chilli con carne, steak & kidney pudding, beef & ale pie and beef burgers is 100% British.
Pork
Wiltshire ham. Sausages made with 100% British pork.
Dairy
Milk is from UK farms, all of which are Red Tractor Assured
Additional
All eggs are British, 100% British potatoes.

Last updated:18 April 2019 at 11:05

Greggs

Greggs is the UK’s largest bakery food-on-the-go retailer with over 1,850 shops nationwide .

Number of outlets:

1,850


Turnover:

£1.1 billion

Beef
Sourced from UK (Farm Assured sources), Ireland, Germany Brazil.
Lamb
Sourced from Ireland.
Pork
Sourced from either the UK or Denmark, except pepperoni.
Chicken
UK and EU supplied (Farm Assured sources).
Dairy
Milk- 100% UK dairy cows under Red Tractor Farm Assurance Dairy Scheme. 100% UK dairy cows used for cream under Red Tractor Farm Assurance

Last updated:18 April 2019 at 11:05

Subway


Number of outlets:

2500


Turnover:

£1.08 billion

Pork
100% British pork
Chicken
"Sourced from national farm assurance schemes such as Red Tractor" but no information on origin.
Additional
"Free-range eggs" No information on origin

Last updated:18 April 2019 at 11:05

Caffè Nero


Number of outlets:

637


Turnover:

£257.6 million

Pork
Lincolnshire sausage & British Beechwood bacon
Additional
Free-range eggs Christmas: British bacon, British sausages

Last updated:18 April 2019 at 11:05

Costa

Number of outlets:

2422


Turnover:

£1.29 billion

Dairy
Milk comes from cows on farms across England and Wales. All our farms are Red Tractor Assured
Additional
Christmas: British turkey

Last updated:18 April 2019 at 11:05

Starbucks


Number of outlets:

982


Turnover:

£405.6 million

Dairy
100% milk and cream is British Red Tractor No information on Cheese or other dairy used in sandwiches
Additional
100% Cage free and free range eggs, but no information on origin.

Last updated:18 April 2019 at 11:05



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