Sustainability is a growing concern in the food industry. Fully aware of the potential environmental impact of our work, the Quattro Foods team is facing up to our responsibilities and embracing sustainability techniques to help the planet thrive. As a business we are committed to doing our bit to limiting the damage humans have inflicted on our planet through the ages, specifically over the last century.
As one of the UK’s leading food manufacturers, we have put in place a range of practical strategies that will help us revitalize natural resources whilst nourishing the population. We manufacture and supply food products to the Army, the NHS, schools and colleges, as well as food service providers, high street chains and individual restaurants. Our carbon footprint has the potential to grow as we grow as a business, but we are working hard to ensure that we take care of our planet, our customers and future generations at the same time.
The steps we have taken to prioritize sustainability include recycling our waste into electricity to power some parts of our Portsmouth factory. Our food waste is processed through an effluent plant and the slurry gets taken off and turned into animal feed. Packaging our foods responsibly supports the environment by reducing food damage and waste and we also use recyclable material for our foodservice contracts and recycle all of our pallets. All cardboard is pressed and baled on site and collected for recycling and we have recently changed every light fitting in our units to reduce our electricity usage and ultimately our carbon footprint.
The manufacture of our product itself – food – also carries potential risks for the environment. To promote and support a healthy population, our chefs create safe and highly nutritious food which we believe should be affordable and accessible to everyone. We attempt to reduce fat, sugar and salt in our products and to avoid allergen contamination. Our state of the art factory is nut-free.
We couldn’t create premium food products without some incredible partners and successful collaborations are a critical aspect of Quattro Foods’ operational strategy. We fully support local agricultural production by buying responsibly produced meat, fruit and crops and our meat supply comes directly from English farmers which limits the fuel required for travelling and stimulates the local economy. Livestock is a major contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) production worldwide and at Quattro we only work with farmers who practice high animal welfare standards, reducing their GHG output.
Our kitchen team is equally responsible for the business’s commitment to sustainability. We use traditional hand-cooking rather than manufacturing food with the technology used in many professional kitchens, to ensure exceptional taste and to minimise the processing of food, reducing our carbon footprint further. Our stringent kitchen practices also include conserving and reusing energy and water.
Of course there’s no quick fix but we must all play a part in the long game. Our planet needs help from everyone to survive and thrive. So let’s all get working towards a healthier world.