Category Archives: Food and Drink

Why not make the effort to buy British made Easter Eggs this Easter?

Tesco Help For Heroes Egg 187G. Made in the UK.

Tesco Help For Heroes Egg 187G. Made in the UK.

Over 80 million chocolate Easter Eggs are sold each year in the UK. This year check the packaging and make sure to choose an Easter Egg that is actually made in the UK (from British made chocolate and using British made packaging). From Thorntons to Fortnum and Mason to the Meaningful Chocolate Company to Moo Free to your local Sainsbury or Tesco or Marks and Spencer or corner shop it should be easy enough to find a British made Easter Egg. Buy British this Easter.

For the definitive list of all chocolate and confectionery that is actually made in the UK, including British made Easter Eggs, please click http://wp.me/p2KOue-AS

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Waitrose food labelling scam – Waitrose supermarkets stops telling customers where their products are made

Waitrose logo Dec 2015

I am deeply disappointed with Waitrose / John Lewis because they no longer label where all their own brand foods and other products come from, either on the products themselves or on their website.

I was in Waitrose in Reading the other day (27th October 2015) and as usual checked the packaging of what I was buying to make sure it was made or grown in the UK and I noticed that Waitrose no longer put country of origin on all their products.

I suppose this was to be expected as John Lewis have been failing to label country of origin on many of their products for a while, but disappointing because Waitrose / John Lewis profess their support for British farmers and British manufacturers and because as a customer I want to know where what I am buying is made. There is I understand generally no legal requirement to say where goods are from, but as a consumer the lack of information and hence lack of choice now being offered by Waitrose / John Lewis is a let down.

Examples of Waitrose own brand products with no country of origin given anymore are:

  • Waitrose Sweet and Salty Popcorn.
  • Waitrose Rich Coffee Roast (see photographs below).
  • Waitrose Essential Macaroni.

Up until recently all Waitrose products, like those in other supermarkets, always stated country of origin. I am at a loss to see why Waitrose would change that, given that they are a British firm and claim to support Great Britain and their local communities.

Presumably those products with no country of origin labelling are now being made abroad, yet Waitrose customers undoubtedly think, because Waitrose have a Royal Warrant and because they say you support British manufacturing and British farming, that they will be made in Britain. This is very misleading, and it amounts to a scam to mislead their customers.

I want to buy goods that are designed, manufactured or assembled, or grown in the UK, or preferably all of these; with raw materials sourced here too where possible and packaged in the UK using UK made packaging; and with provenance clearly labeled.

Waitrose / John Lewis can work to support British companies and British jobs and be environmentally friendly (by reducing their carbon footprint through reducing the miles goods are transported) by buying and selling British.

Of course I recognise that international trade is vital to the UK and that trade is a two way street. I don’t advocate protectionism and there is nothing wrong with buying products from abroad. I just want Waitrose / John Lewis to return to clear labelling so customers have a choice.

I want to make informed decisions about what I buy, and I’m interested in the provenance and sustainability of products. Local sourcing plays a part in that, and I’m proud to support quality British manufacturing and British farmers. Sadly, as Waitrose is my favourite supermarket, I will not be able to buy much in there now because of the lack of labelling and my money will be spent elsewhere.

Can consumers influence greedy retailers to make changes for the better? I don’t know but I would ask Waitrose / John Lewis to go back to their previous policy of clear labelling please.

I wrote to Waitrose with my concerns on 28th October 2015. They replied promptly saying they would get back to me, which they have now done. They say “that, when deciding whether or not to include country of origin we take the following in to account:

– Whether it is a legal requirement to do so, as with Beef for example. We display country of origin labelling on all meat and meat products we sell.
– Whether there is a specific policy to do so (such as with dairy, where we are currently reviewing the information we show).
– Whether the products packaging or style may indicate a geographical location, but the product is produced elsewhere – such as an Italian ‘style’ ready meal that has been produced int he UK.”

This is all very confusing and unclear.  Please join me in pushing Waitrose to go back to labelling country of origin on everything. Ask at Customer Service next time you are in store (show them a product and ask where it was made and why that is not labeled) and write to Waitrose to complain.  Please do not be buy any Waitrose own brand products that do not say where they are made on them.  Thank you for your support. Waitrose, please stop misleading your customers.

Essential Waitrose Rich Roast Coffee instant granules. Front view. Note country of origin is no longer given. Presumably this Waitrose coffee is now foreign made.

Essential Waitrose Rich Roast Coffee instant granules. Front view. Note country of origin is no longer given. Presumably this Waitrose coffee is now foreign made. This coffee used to be clearly labelled as processed and packed in the UK. Photograph by author.

Essential Waitrose Rich Roast Coffee instant granules. Front view. Note country of origin is no longer given. Presumably this Waitrose coffee is now foreign made.

Essential Waitrose Rich Roast Coffee instant granules. Label view. Note country of origin is no longer given. Presumably this Waitrose coffee is now foreign made. Photograph by author.

Waitrose Christmas 2015 Chocolate Biscuit Selection - again there is no country of origin labelling on this Waitrose product.

Waitrose Christmas 2015 Chocolate Biscuit Selection – again there is no country of origin labelling on this Waitrose product. Photograph by author.

Waitrose Christmas 2015 Chocolate Biscuit Selection. Label detail view - again there is no country of origin labelling on this Waitrose product.

Waitrose Christmas 2015 Chocolate Biscuit Selection. Label detail view – again there is no country of origin labelling on this Waitrose product. Photograph by author.

Some products (residual lines perhaps) are still labelled with country of origin, such as the Waitrose toilet roll below.

Waitrose Essential uktra soft bathroom tissue white - labelled “Produced in the UK”.

Waitrose Essential ultra soft bathroom tissue white – labelled “Produced in the UK”. Photograph by author.

Bacofoil – made in Britain

About us – Bacofoil.

“Owned by Telford-based Wrap Film Systems since 2009, Bacofoil is proud to be manufactured right here in the UK. In fact, we are the only Non-Stick foil made in Britain, heritage we love to shout about.”

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Please choose British made tin foil and clingfilm – like Bacofoil mentioned above.  Check the packaging.

Buy British Made Easter Eggs

Over 80 million chocolate Easter eggs are sold each year in the UK. This year check the packaging and make sure to choose an Easter Egg that is actually made in the UK (from British made chocolate and using British made packaging). From Thorntons to Fortnum and Mason to The Meaningful Chocolate Company to your local supermarket or corner shop it should be easy enough to find a British made Easter Egg. Buy British this Easter.

For the definitive list of chocolate and confectionery that is actually made in the UK please click http://wp.me/p2KOue-AS

Much of the chocolate and confectionery sold that used to be made in Britain is now actually foreign made, so shop with care and choose British made.

Fortnum and Mason Hand Decorated White Chocolate Egg 227g made in England

Fortnum and Mason Hand Decorated White Chocolate Egg 227g. Made in England

Sainsbury's Milk Chocolate Easter Egg with Chocolate Caramels 155g

Sainsbury’s Milk Chocolate Easter Egg with Chocolate Caramels 155g. Made in the UK.

Not Brown and Out… a saucy review

Not Brown and Out… a saucy review – A Truly British Family – Consumer champions of manufacturing & farming.

Another great article from my fellow British bloggers British Family, which I have reproduced below, about brown sauce, that quintessentially British condiment and specifically British made brown sauce. Remembering that HP and Daddies sauces are foreign made these days, there are lots of great alternative British made brown sauces to choose from.

HP Sauce no longer made in Britain

HP Sauce – no longer made in Britain. HP (now owned by Heinz) still use an image of the House of Commons on their bottles, which of course they should not.

Daddies brown sauce (also owned by Heinz) like HP is now made in the Netherlands

Daddies brown sauce (also owned by Heinz) like HP is now made in the Netherlands

Not Brown and Out… a saucy review

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Kaymet aluminium trays, trolleys and hotplates – made in England

Kaymet have been manufacturing aluminium trays, trolleys and hotplates in London since 1947. They export to 17 countries from their Bermondsey factory.  All items are made in their factory in London. They supply to the catering industry and to individuals – kaymet.co.uk

Kaymet black rubber tray.  Made in England.

Kaymet black rubber tray. Made in England.

Kaymet Modern Rubber Grip Trolley.  Made in England.

Kaymet Modern Rubber Grip Trolley. Made in England.

KAYMET ELECTRIC TABLE HOTPLATES.  Made in England.

KAYMET ELECTRIC TABLE HOTPLATES. Made in England.

KAYMET ELECTRIC HOT PLATE TROLLEYS & HOT CABINETS.  Made in England.  Image HC70_silver2

KAYMET ELECTRIC HOT PLATE TROLLEYS & HOT CABINETS. Made in England. Image HC70_silver2

Kaymet Ribbed Tray with Rosewood base.  Made in England.

Kaymet Ribbed Tray with Rosewood base. Made in England.

Kaymet Medium Pressed Rubber Grip Tray.  Made in England.

Kaymet Medium Pressed Rubber Grip Tray. Made in England.

Duchy Originals – Discover Duchy Originals – Waitrose

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Duchy Originals – Discover Duchy Originals – Waitrose Online.

21 years of Duchy Originals

http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/news-and-diary/wednesday-11th-september-2013-1

Duchy Originals – British organic food, drinks and gifts.

Now managed by Waitrose, the brand has expanded to 230 products, featuring everything from bacon and jam to beer and ciders, and has generated more than £11 million for charitable causes over the decades.

A quote from the website about the provenance of Duchy Originals – “All our products are made in the UK and we only use British meat and dairy products. We aim to source as many of our ingredients as we can from the UK and to only source fish from sustainable sources. Where supply of ingredients are unavailable in the UK, we aim to use sustainable sources and to minimise the environmental and social impact and energy use in growing and transporting.” – http://www.waitrose.com/home/inspiration/about_waitrose/about_our_food/our_brands/duchy_originals/about_the_partnership.html?wtrint=1-Content-_-2-inspiration-_-3-Duchylanding-_-4-copy-_-6-AboutDuchy

http://www.waitrose.com/shop/HeaderSearchCmd?searchTerm=dutchy&defaultSearch=GR&search=#_

Waitrose Duchy Originals china blue posy mug.  Bone china.  Made in England.  Dishwasher and microwave safe.

Waitrose Duchy Originals china blue posy mug. Bone china. Made in England. Dishwasher and microwave safe.

Waitrose Duchy Originals garden floral blue mug.  Bone china.  Made in England.  Dishwasher and microwave safe.

Waitrose Duchy Originals garden floral blue mug. Bone china. Made in England. Dishwasher and microwave safe.

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