Waitrose retains tier 1 status in BBFAW and named “global leader”

The seventh annual Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, backed by Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection, has named Waitrose & Partners a “global leader” for farm animal welfare practices. Since 2014, Waitrose & Partners has been one of a small number of businesses that have achieved Tier 1 status for the Business Benchmark for Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW), which is an annual survey based on organisational commitments to animal welfare. The supermarket retailer has once again been named as one of the few companies covered by the…

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Waitrose & Partners increase support to Fairtrade farmers with new cocoa commitment

Waitrose & Partners has committed to making all cocoa in its own brand confectionery 100% Fairtrade by the end of the year. The conversion to Fairtrade cocoa in all own brand confectionery will significantly increase the volume of Fairtrade cocoa sold in Waitrose & Partners stores, helping to improve living standards for cocoa farmers. The commitment will extend to over 100 confectionery lines and increase the supermarket’s annual Fairtrade investment to more than $3.3 million, a figure that supports farmers, workers and producer organisations across the Fairtrade network. Announced at…

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Waitrose & Partners launches £1m initiative to tackle UK plastic pollution

Plan Plastic – The Million Pound Challenge will award money, over one year, to projects that can demonstrate an impact on plastic pollution now and in the future. The retailer is partnering with environmental charity Hubbub to support the chosen projects and measure the impact of the grants.   The £1 million fund has been raised from the sale of 5p carrier bags and grants will range from £150,000 to £300,000.  Applications for Plan Plastic are open until 24th February and will be welcomed from a range of organisations including…

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Waitrose & Partners encourages customers to use reusable containers for meat and fish

Customers shopping at Waitrose & Partners are being encouraged to bring reusable containers to take home products from the supermarket’s fresh service counters to help save plastic bags. Shoppers at the supermarket have been able to bring their own clean, lidded containers to take home their fresh meat and fish rather than taking a plastic bag for some time, but signs have now gone up in all stores with meat and fish counters to increase awareness of the policy. Encouraging customers to adopt reusables forms a key part of the…

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Waitrose & Partners widens trial of pioneering ready meal packaging

Waitrose are building on its successful June trial of the fibre based alternative to black plastic ready meal tray The packaging innovation shows the supermarket’s commitment to remove own-label black plastic packaging by end of 2019 Waitrose & Partners is trialling three of its Italian ready meals in a widely recyclable tray for two months. This trial is larger than the retailer’s initial one in June as it is in the majority of its shops and more ready meals is in the alternative to black plastic tray. The supermarket’s investment…

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