our  sustainability highlights

Across our various businesses, many great initiatives are already taking place which we can, and will, leverage across the entire group. You will see that some of our highlights demonstrate how our colleagues have been inspired by "Good, that's worth working for".

Nurturing: Our People

Kettle Foods

Unlocking talent from within

When people flourish it brings double rewards, they grow and progress, and the company continues to get even better. Spotting talent-in-waiting takes systematic care & focus. Unlocking that potential sometimes takes flexibility to create new opportunities. 

At Kettle Foods we are proud that everyone’s performance & development is reviewed six-monthly. Structured learning, like our Management Essentials course - as well as secondments and external courses, has led to new roles and promotions for our talented people. 

Like Lyndsey, now back in Finance and promoted to Controller after the commercial experience of a Sales secondment. and Mark, studying for his MBA and promoted to Planning Manager.

Protecting: Our Planet

Matthew Walker

Recyclability & plastic reduction

Sometimes, a simple insight can lead to a profound change. 

The familiar basins for our Christmas Puddings have always been black, but we recently discovered that the infra-red technology that is increasingly used to sort recycling waste ignores this colour. The machines just don’t see it.

By switching sourcing and changing our bowls to a range of five alternative colours, all made with commonly recyclable polypropylene, we have removed 183 tonnes of black plastic, non-recyclable packaging that could otherwise have gone to landfill.

We have also (nearly) replaced all our cellophane wrapping – removing a further 24 tonnes of plastic packaging in the last year. 

Supporting: Our Partners


Hive for Lives - Protecting honeybees & bee farmers

Our Rowse business was started by a beekeeper - Tony Rowse - back in 1938, so we have always known how important it is to protect the health of the honeybees.

Today the honeybees face challenges that Tony wouldn’t have known. Changes in climate, use of pesticides, loss of wildflower meadows, and the decline of bee-farming, skills essential to the stewardship of healthy hives of honeybees. 

In 2008 Rowse formed a partnership, with the University of Sussex, researching honeybee health. Since then, we’ve added new relationships, founding & supporting an apprenticeship scheme with the Bee Farmers’ Association, and projects in Ethiopia with Bees for Development that provide beekeeping livelihoods and support habitats.

Together with our partners we make Hives for Lives, a buzzing program to protect the honeybee.