In its updated Environmentally Sustainable Sourcing fact sheet published the other day Bakkavor Group has focused on source 100% cage-free eggs and egg products across its operations by 2027, and by 2025 in the united kingdom, its largest market.
London-headquartered Bakkavor among the worlds largest manufacturers of fresh prepared food operates 23 factories in the united kingdom, five in america and nine in China, with annual sales exceeding $2.2bn.
The producer develops white label goods such as for example on-the-go sandwiches, ready meals, salads, desserts and pizzas for retailers and foodservice operators in the united kingdom, US and China.
We’ve a responsibility to procure the recycleables we used in a way that’s as environmentally sound as you possibly can, with concern for impacts on the land, water and biodiversity within their growing and production. In this manner, our concentrate on environmental sustainability not merely ensures look after the earth but improves the resilience of our supply chain, wrote the business in its sourcing policy.
As an organization, we are focused on working towards 100% cage-free eggs by 2027, and in the united kingdom, our largest market, we have been dealing with our UK customers towards 100% cage-free eggs by 2025.
By 2021, in the united kingdom, 77% of our eggs are from cage-free sources and in america, currently over 50% of our eggs are from cage-free sources. Within our supply chain engagements, we have been working actively with this Group suppliers to improve this every year.
Bakkavors commitment means many own-brands in UK retail Tesco, Morrisons, Co-op, Marks & Spencer, Sainsburys, Waitrose and Asda; in america retail Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Harris Teeter and Krogers Home Chef; and in Chinese retail and foodservice KFC, Pizza Hut, Costa Coffee, Starbucks, Aldi and Marks & Spencer will shift to containing only cage-free eggs.
The move has been praised by Lever Foundation, which with Bakkavor partnered to draft its cage-free commitment.
We applaud Bakkavors new global cage-free egg policy, that may spare tens or even thousands of laying hens in China, the united states and the united kingdom every year from intensive cage confinement while also boosting food safety for customers, said Kirsty Tuxford of the non-profit, which works to make a more humane and sustainable protein supply chain in Asia.
Other targets in Bakkavors ESG
- Expand supplier management to its US and Asia businesses to reproduce its environmental risk mapping;
- Work at zero net deforestation because of its forest risk recycleables (palm oil, soy, wood-pulp based packaging and beef);
- Build relationships key suppliers to make sure shared knowledge of the responsible usage of plastics.
Additionally, in his address in the companys Modern Slavery Statement issued 2021, CEO Agust Gudmundsson said, Our stance on human rights can be an essential section of [our corporate responsibility] and our values and culture won’t be appropriate for any type of modern slavery, including across our supplier base. Across our Group, we have been focused on retaining the best standards of employee welfare and safety and we continue steadily to use our suppliers to make sure they could meet up with the standards required, and our expectations are understood and upheld.