In 2009 we became the first of the big supermarkets to sell only cage-free fresh eggs, and since 2012, we have only used cage-free eggs as an ingredient in our own brand foods.
Excitement is building at our Southend store as it plays a starring role in tonight’s Friday Night Feast, aired at 8pm on 3 February.
We want all the customers who shop at Sainsbury’s to have a great shopping experience, so things like the design of our stores, improving customer facilities and regular colleague training are really important. There’s always room for improvement and we learn things every day through customers telling us how their shopping experience could be improved. At the moment, we’re particularly proud of the work we’ve been doing to make it easier for customers with health conditions or disabilities – whether temporary or permanent – to shop with us through designing shopping trolleys with them in mind.
As a graduate trainee in the Agriculture team at Sainsbury's, my role is hugely varied and I am out and about doing something different most weeks. I've spent much of my time out and about with different suppliers who are based all over the country. I’ve experienced everything from free range egg production in Cumbria to hill sheep farming in Wales, as well as learning about ground-breaking agricultural research that is taking place all over the country. I'm currently spending time in our pork supply chain, learning about the farming system and the research Sainsbury's is doing in this area.
Our colleagues in Penrith are really passionate about their local community, so recently went ‘back to school’ with one of our suppliers – to help demonstrate the principles of reusing and recycling.
We all love to receive Christmas cards from friends, colleagues and loved ones – but come January many of us are left wondering what to do with them. That’s where we come in.
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of accompanying Comic Relief to India to see how the money we raise for the charity is spent. Since our partnership began in 1999, Sainsbury’s has raised over £100m for Comic Relief, and whilst I’ve been looking after our fundraising efforts for the last three years, seeing the projects they fund for the first time and meeting some of the people we have helped was an eye-opening experience. It made me feel even more proud of our colleagues and customers for raising so much money every year.
At Sainsbury’s we’re proud to Make a Positive Difference to our Communities. Our Local Charity of the Year programme, our Food Donation Partnerships and encouraging our colleagues to be actively involved in the communities in which we live and work are all a crucial part of making this happen. Our new Brand Walls, which you’ll be able to see going up in store this week, outline some of our targets and achievements around supporting our local charities and communities across the country – as well as giving a big thanks to our colleagues and customers for their ongoing support.
With the mince pies, mistletoe and all the festive fun, it’s unlikely that many of us will turn our thoughts to our drains this Christmas. But, thanks to all our festive feasts, the month of December will see UK households pour around 500 tonnes of fat down our sinks. That’s 25% more than at any other time of the year.
Consumers care about where the products they buy come from and they put their trust in us to do the right thing on their behalf. This is why sourcing with integrity is key to our work with farmers, growers and suppliers in the UK and around the world.