15 Nov 2021

COP26 and the sustainable future of delivered wholesale

COP26 and the sustainable future of delivered wholesale

As the world’s gaze turns to Glasgow in light of COP26, we have been thinking about all of the ways we’re changing to help protect the planet as we grow. Here’s what we’re doing to work towards a more sustainable future for the wholesale industry.


What is COP26? And what are we doing about it?


This month, the UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow. The COP26 summit brought parties and nations together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.


Eating habits


COP26 highlighted and started lots of important conversations about the climate - and how food will form a significant part of the action needed to help solve the climate crisis. Trends in what we eat are changing. In 2018, the UK market for meat-free foods had increased by 37% within three years to an estimated £740m and 600k people were choosing a Vegan or Vegetarian diet, according to a survey by the Vegan Society.


With this in mind, over the past few years we’ve been upping our offering of meat and dairy-free food and drinks and alternatives to cater to the growing demand. From our house brands to the innovative brands we work with, we are always working to bring our customers the latest on-trend products to meet consumer demand in stores and kitchens of all skill levels and budgets.


While veganism is on the rise, as is the number of flexitarians. These are people choosing to reduce their meat and dairy consumption and are looking to be inspired by meat-free options. Why not get in touch to find out more about our vegan and veggie offerings?


Reducing food waste


In Scotland, across homes and businesses, it’s reported around one million tonnes of food is wasted each year. Working with our suppliers and customers, we are doing what we can to reduce food waste by redistributing leftover food to local causes, including FareShare which gets surplus food to frontline charities and our local food banks. ​​


We’re looking to the future of how we will deliver in trucks


Our food supply chain will undoubtedly always involve HGVs and other forms of transport. But as a traditionally resource-heavy way of getting food around, we’ve been looking for greener alternatives. We are currently considering the new cleaner fuel - hydrogen-powered HGVs.


We’ve also been looking into hydrogen-powered infrastructure and ways to make our warehouses greener. We will continue to learn and grow as we create a path to a greener wholesale industry going forward.


We are in the process of electrifying our fleet


Something we are doing right now is electrifying our fleet of vehicles. We are cutting our emissions significantly by investing in electric vehicles for our sales reps and engineers. We’ve already purchased 11 electric vehicles and plan to continue to invest in a cleaner atmosphere by adding more to our fleet.


We believe that what we’re eating and how it gets to us will be among the defining changes we make as a society to tackle climate change. We will continue to support small local brands who are as committed as us to creating a future where we eat sustainably and we’re dedicated to supporting the food and drink industry to meet the challenges ahead.


To find out more, why not get in touch today?


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