Apparently nine. Last week I embarked on a challenge in Tanzania with eight other business women to do just that, and built 90 beehives within a remote area in Nou Forest. In support of Farm Africa, the charity that works to end hunger in eastern Africa, we hope the hives will be used to kick-start profitable and sustainable honey farming businesses for the area.
As Head of Food Safety at Sainsbury's, the most important part of my job is to ensure that our food meets the highest standards of safety. It goes without saying that as one of Britain’s leading retailers, our customers' health and safety is of paramount importance to us.
At Sainsbury’s our diversity and equality vision is to be the most inclusive retailer where people love to work and shop. As Operating Board Sponsor for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), I work with our LGBT Network to create an environment of equal opportunities in which we can all be the best we can be, confident that diverse views are listened to.
As part of Sainsbury's 20x20 commitments, we’re proud to support British growers and producers. From having 1,900 different British products in our own-brand range to being the first major supermarket to cultivate and sell British grown fresh figs, we’re committed to offering high quality, home grown products and supporting our farmers through development groups and training.
The sun is out, wildlife is waking up and to celebrate National Gardening Week we've pulled together some top bee tips to get your garden in shape for bee-autiful visitors.
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.