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Environmental & social responsibility

Environmental

The sourcing of our produce is of the utmost importance. Not only does the quality of the ingredients define the final taste, but we know it is our responsibility to work with suppliers that also uphold our own ethical and sustainable principles.

We work almost solely with UK companies to reduce our food miles and insist that all of our suppliers give us regular traceability reports. Where possible, we visit suppliers ourselves and get to know the pathways of their food so that we can ensure that we are only buying the best, from the best and always follow their advice (especially when it comes to fish) as to what is the most sustainable at the point of ordering. The sourcing of our produce is of the utmost importance. Not only does the quality of the ingredients define the final taste, but we know it is our responsibility to work with suppliers that also uphold our own ethical and sustainable principles.   

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A strong supporter of the independent retailer – after all they are an independent retailer themselves. None of The Fine Cheese Co. ranges of products will ever be sold in a British supermarket.

HG Walter meat is predominantly sourced from small farms rearing free-range native breeds, such as Hereford and Aberdeen Angus cattle and Hampshire Duroc pigs. Sustainability is also a priority with livestock contributing to a biodiverse landscape contrary to the destructive nature associated with much larger scale farms.

Flying Fish have created a sustainability and ethical philosophy that embodies and embraces the key elements that their suppliers, customers and employers are working towards. They are active in the Cornwall community through schools, businesses and charities in association with the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, to enthuse children and others about seafood and where their seafood comes from.

Shrub works exclusively with small scale, high quality, regenerative growers. They believe there is a growing necessity for complete transparency and integrity in our supply chains not just for our health, our natural world and wild places but our local economies, cultures and a secure food future.

The coffee pods are certified organic by the Soil Association and ethically sourced from sustainable farms around the world with fully recyclable & home-compostable packaging.

Believe the people who grow the cacao are best-qualified to craft the finest chocolate. We’re on a mission to change people’s understanding of chocolate, championing a much more sustainable, long-term, ‘seed-to-bar’ movement.”

Quatra collects used cooking oil in a sustainable manner and processes the collected oil into a raw material for the production of 2nd generation bio-diesel (bio-diesel from waste).

We use a fleet of eco-friendly hybrid vehicles for all our deliveries and courier needs.

Clover Carkeet

Clover, aged 4, the daughter of our accounts manager Emily, was diagnosed with Aicardi Syndrome and infantile spasms when she was just 12 weeks old. Initially Clover’s seizures could only be controlled by industrial levels of steroids, which made her extremely poorly. After a brief spell of seizure freedom the situation worsened until she was having hundreds of seizures a week. Emily, and her husband Spencer, secured a legal private prescription for medical cannabis which reduced her seizures by 95%. They have now weaned her off of all her pharmaceutical medications and she is treated effectively by medical cannabis alone. Clover has started to communicate more effectively, and her development has improved significantly, despite doctors initially predicting that she would never walk or talk, and may not survive infancy.

Unfortunately, all this comes at a cost. Clover’s medication is currently not available on the NHS, and Clover’s parents have to pay £1300 every month, to access it privately.

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Towchester Ukraine drive

A team of likeminded individuals based in and around Towcester will be driving out to Lviv in April and leave three pick up vehicles to assist with the humanitarian and military effort. The team includes William Francklin, Paul Parsons who took out two aid-filled pickups to Lviv in February, Steve Challen, Anthony White and Oleh, a Ukraine guest staying in Towcester with his wife Uliana and children.

The aim is to raise sufficient funds to fill each vehicle with humanitarian aid and medical items which have been specifically requested by contacts on the front line. Priorities change from month to month but typically will include: Lifesaving field trauma items; Portable evacuation stretchers; Junctional tourniquets; Thermal items; One generator per vehicle.

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