Our suppliers

We partner with suppliers who share our values

The relationships with our suppliers are integral to our success. During the Covid crisis the strength of these relationships has been demonstrated by our mutual support for each other’s businesses. We have greatly appreciated the commitment shown by our suppliers when our pubs have been able to re-open and be re-stocked.

Our guests expect diligence in the ethical sourcing of goods, products and services, all delivered to an excellent standard. We seek suppliers who reflect our own corporate values, demonstrated during the selection process and supported by accreditations.

We audit many of our food suppliers. Our management of procurement is centralised in order to effectively govern tendering, contract reviews, authorisations and the secure transfer of data.

Our supplier strategy

Our procurement strategy is built on relationships which create profitability for both ourselves and our suppliers. Our supplier selection process is designed to ensure that sufficient information is collected by both parties to ensure that the supply is mutually advantageous. Knowledge of our suppliers and a proactive relationship where we involve our suppliers in our business and future plans is essential to the mutual trust which we prize. Long term success as opposed to short term profit is our goal, as evidenced by the duration of supply from many of our core suppliers of food and services to our pubs.

Case study: Blakemore

Words from our logistics supplier following the first national lockdown:

“Working Together Through Adversity:

The ultimate judge of the strength of a relationship is in how it performs in a crisis – this year the industry has been stretched more than could ever be planned, but the shared values and approach to partnering defined in the supplier charter underlined the strength of the Marstons and AF Blakemore relationship. Throughout the lockdown, the Marstons team demonstrated the same level of commitment and partnership to Blakemore as it has to its colleagues. Teams quickly mobilised to triage issues caused by lockdown, moving quickly to neutralise and manage stock and operational issues.

Quickly our joint focus shifted from dealing with the problems created by the lockdown to one of focussing on how to ensure that when restrictions lifted we were working in a new way, jointly focussed on providing gold star service to ensure a brilliant experience for guests.

We jointly worked to evolve and simplify the offer to ensure a smooth re-mobilisation, moving to the other extreme of delivering an outstanding eat out to help out offer while the supply chain was catching up.

The result – a stronger relationship, more robust supply chain and more integrated ways of working to equip both businesses as we navigate the recovery ahead.”

A Blakemore lorry

Food Supplier Charter

Our Food Supplier Charter continues to be shared with our suppliers, both current and potential, setting out our expectations on quality of product, traceability of ingredients, ethical approach, sustainable sourcing and employment rights. The Charter conveys our expectations for suppliers to reduce their own environmental impact by cutting out unnecessary packaging and choosing re-cyclable materials when possible. The Charter also supports our endeavour to meet Public Health England’s dietary improvements by reducing calories and salt.

Ethical sourcing

Our preference is to select suppliers who like ourselves seek to reduce their environmental impact. Thereby helping us to reduce our supply chain carbon footprint.

An example is our partnership with Yorkshire Greens for our Premium peas which have the lowest carbon footprint for frozen peas in the industry; grown within ten miles of the factory by a partnership of over 40 family farms. Their state-of-the-art GWE Biogas plant generates electricity from the production waste for processing, packing and cold storage operation (See Food Section: Case Study: Sustainable Supply – Unique Yorkshire Peas).

Case study: Britvic – Move to recycled plastic

For our supplier of soft drinks, Britvic, sustainability sits at the heart of their business strategy as one of their four strategic pillars. We appreciate how they continue to work hard to deliver on their ambition to protect the environment and offer healthier choices in the years ahead.

They announced in October 2020 that it is now their intention for all their plastic bottles in GB to be made from 100% recycled plastic (rPET) by the end of 2022 – three years earlier than originally planned, and ahead of their previous target of 50%. This will cover the entire GB portfolio of Britvic-owned and PepsiCo brands, and demonstrates their commitment to protecting the planet today and for future generations.

Case study: Accolade Wines Europe 100% carbon neutrality

Our major supplier of wine in 2020 announced carbon neutrality for UK-packaged core branded portfolio.

Accolade Wines Europe has announced its core branded portfolio1 - including Hardys, Mudhouse, Jam Shed, Banrock Station, Echo Falls and Kumala - has been certified carbon neutral. Accolade’s ambition is to complete 100% portfolio neutrality by the end of 2020.

The certification is part of the company’s long-term commitment to sustainability and reducing its impact on the planet.

The carbon neutral footprint analysis is certified by the Carbon Trust, an independent organisation with the mission to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy.

Accolade sells over 150 million bottles of wine in Europe per year and continually seeks improvement opportunities to reduce its carbon footprint. For example, the introduction of lighter weight bottles for Echo Falls and Hardy’s this year reduced the glass related CO2 brand footprint, and more recyclable packaging has been introduced across ‘Wine on Tap’ formats. Investments in on-site renewable energy have commenced with solar panel installation at an Australian vineyard and in 2019, a 2.5MW wind turbine at Europe’s manufacturing site ‘The Park’, significantly reducing GHG emissions.

To offset the remaining carbon emissions, Accolade Wines Europe has also partnered with climate and sustainability experts ClimateCare to offset their residual carbon emissions across its brand portfolio. ClimateCare specialise in high quality projects that both reduce carbon emissions and improve lives. The team has worked closely with Accolade Wines to help them compensate for those emissions they cannot yet reduce. These projects include the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor, which helps to restore ecosystems and preserve threatened and unique flora and fauna in Australia, alongside innovative afforestation in Chile, clean cookstoves in South Africa and renewable energy in the US and China. These projects not only cut carbon emissions, helping to tackle climate change, but also deliver a variety of sustainable development impacts. For instance, clean cookstoves reduce indoor air pollution, a major health issue in the developing world.

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