When the Chancellor released the budget most eyes were probably drawn to the duty freeze on fuel, or even the newly shaped £1 coin. However, my attention turned to the news that £12 million is being put into a Centre for Agricultural Informatics and Sustainability Metrics. What a fantastic result for driving innovation and enabling the use of data science to build a more productive and sustainable food industry.
At Sainsbury's we work hard to build close relationships with the farmers and growers in our supply chain.Through our Farmer Development Groups we work with over 2,200 farmers and growers across the UK to supply our milk through to pork. Charlie Hart who’s one of our beef farmers is a great example of this, and he’s dedicated to working with us to produce some of the best tasting products.
The difficulties faced by parts of the British dairy industry is of course an important topic, but coverage has tarred all retailers with the same brush. The heartening fact is that customers have a positive choice – they can choose to buy 100% British milk from a retailer that guarantees a fair price for British producers, or they can shop elsewhere.
We’re proud of our zero waste to landfill policy: we don’t throw anything away. Instead, we make sure all left over materials or food are reused or recycled.
I believe inspiring young women to consider careers in the food industry is an important part of my role as an Every Women in Retail Ambassador - especially as Sainsbury’s is a Times Top 50 Employer for Women.
As the new leader of this business I’m particularly proud of the progress we’ve made over the past year towards our 20x20 commitments.
Our move to LED lighting not only saves energy as part of our 20x20 sustainability plan but also transforms our stores and depots.
People tend to associate me with Diversity and dancing, but what you might not know is that I’m a big fan of cooking and actually have a veggie patch in my back garden.
To think that it has been a whole year since I joined the Sainsbury’s graduate scheme is a little scary! Oh how time flies when you are learning so much! So what have I been up to?
Fairtrade Foundation kicks off their ‘Great British Fairness Debate’ today to celebrate 20 years of Fairtrade. So, over the next couple of weeks they want to highlight that when people make a conscious effort to buy Fairtrade products, like coffee, it empowers the coffee bean farmers to get a fair price for what they grow.