Winning Waitrose Way Awards!September 20, 2013
On 19th September, Waitrose announced that Dalehead Foods had won two Waitrose Way awards.
The ‘Waitrose Way Awards’ celebrate suppliers’ outstanding initiatives to enhance the sustainability of their businesses and, ultimately, the food that ends up on consumers’ plates. This is the second year that these awards have taken place and winners were selected from over 150 entries.
We were awarded the Championing British (own label) award for our focus on long term relationships with British arable farmers in order to ensure crops, animal feed and British pork production remain sustainable. We were also awarded the Living Well (own label) award for our ‘Equipped for Life’ initiative, to improve the health and well being of our employees and raising the awareness of our Occupational Health team.
This year’s awards were held at the new Leckford Farm Shop at the Leckford Estate, the Waitrose farm in Hampshire, and the 15 winners were presented with a sustainably-sourced, British Oak award by Waitrose Managing Director, Mark Price.
Suppliers were invited to enter the awards under the categories of Treading lightly, Championing British, Living well and Treating people fairly – which are the four core principles of the supermarket’s CSR policy, ‘The Waitrose way’.
A panel of distinguished judges; Lord Curry of Kirkharle CBE, Dr Mark Ratnaragh, David Logan, Steve Isaia, Emma Tustain, Susan Nisbet and Paul King worked alongside senior Waitrose buyers and the retailer’s Corporate Social Responsibility team, to choose 15 winners who have gone the extra mile to demonstrate best practice.
Quentin Clark, Head of Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing at Waitrose said: “These awards are a fantastic way of celebrating the hard work that our suppliers have been doing to improve the sustainability of their businesses and ultimately the Waitrose business as a whole. It was hard to pick the winners from such a high standard of applicants and we are delighted that so many suppliers share the same goals that we do.”