Suppliers not yet fully green, says survey

11 October 2007 by
Suppliers not yet fully green, says survey

Suppliers are responding "encouragingly" to demand from hospitality operators for more sustainable goods but have some way to go before they're fully green, research has revealed.

A survey of 150 food and beverage manufacturers and wholesalers by procurement specialist Partners in Purchasing (PIP) found evidence that, with increasing numbers of operators developing their corporate social responsibility (CSR) polices, suppliers had responded in kind. This had resulted in an increase in availability of organic products, locally sourced produce and Fairtrade items, the study showed.

Increasing amounts of packaging and stationery materials now come from recycled sources and most delivery vehicles run on diesel, with ongoing efforts to limit delivery miles.

Diana Spellman, managing director of PIP, said: "There's an encouraging amount of suppliers demonstrating environmental responsibility.

"However, this will need to evolve further as most environmentally friendly products still account for only a small proportion of revenue - no more than 10%."

PIP was founded in 1997 by Spellman and Nirmal Kalsey. Clients include financial institutions, government, contract caterers, universities and care homes.

Green shoots of CSR

  • Organic products feature on 1-10% of product lists.
  • Locally sourced produce make up 25-50% of product lists.
  • Fairtrade items make up 11-25% of product lists.
  • No suppliers were knowingly selling genetically modified products.

Source: Partners in Purchasing

Good kitchen management key to cutting green impact >>

Operators trial eco-friendly pubs >>

For more on green issues visit Caterer's Green Zone here >>

By Chris Druce

E-mail your comments to Chris Druce]( not yet fully green, says survey) here.

[The Caterer Blog]( Catch up with more news and gossip on the Caterer Blog here
[Newswire For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail news alerts.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking