Industry led, the project was innovative in its active participatory approach. Starting at the grass roots with the primary producers, the project encompassed commercial farms in existing supply chains. Food processors across the beef, lamb and dairy supply chains for Waitrose work alongside a seed supply company and two research institutions.
Dalehead Foods is a dedicated, sole supplier of fresh lamb, pork, bacon, sausages and cooked meats to Waitrose. Dalehead Foods is responsible for the entire supply chain, from on farm production standards of the livestock, to the butchery and presentation of the finished packs for the shelves in Waitrose. All of Dalehead Foods lambs are supplied direct from farms, from producers who are members of their Lamb producer groups.
Dovecote Park is a dedicated supplier of the finest British Beef, Veal and Venison to Waitrose. The privately owned British company has two state-of-the-art sites which process all products to the highest standards with full traceability throughout. Dovecote Park works towards ensuring a sustainable beef industry for its producers by committing to only sourcing British Beef, whilst offering security and longevity to producers.
Müller Milk & Ingredients
Müller Milk & Ingredients aims to be Britain’s biggest and best fresh milk and ingredients business producing skimmed, semi-skimmed, whole, and flavoured milk products for big brands. They also have the capacity to produce salted, unsalted and lactic butter each year for both the domestic and international markets. They work with their extended family of around 1,900 British, Red Tractor Farm Assured dairy farmers.
Coombe Farm organic milk pool is part of the AH Warren Trust, a farming and food processing business. It owns and runs a number of organic dairy farms as well as managing the organic milk supply from a further 25 farms in Somerset, Dorset and Devon. The dedicated organic milk business focuses on production from home grown forages and concentrates.
Waitrose is a UK food retailer with a focus on the quality end of the retail market place. All of the raw material is sourced through a network of producer groups which are run on a day-to-day basis by a small number of processors where all farmers agree to produce to a bespoke Waitrose production standard. At the heart of its Agriculture strategy is economic and environmental sustainability and a need to drive optimal efficiency.
Germinal Holdings Ltd (an SME) is the only UK owned forage grass and legume seed production and wholesale company. The company captures 30% of the UK grass and legume seed market. It has extensive experience in near market development of varieties including field trials, entry into National List trials and registration of Plant Variety Rights.
The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University has around 300 staff conducting basic, strategic and applied research in biology. Grassland-related sustainable agriculture is a central research theme impinging on production, environment, amenity and biodiversity.
Bangor University (BU) applies a broad range of expertise in carbon dynamics and greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting to livestock farm emissions and carbon sequestration modelling. The University also holds an extensive database of detailed GHG farm assessments. BU staff have substantial experience in optimising soil and nutrient management to reduce risk of pollutant transfers to water and air, and in calculating carbon footprints of farms and food supply chains.