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Food sourcing

We have a responsibility to our guests to ensure that the food we source has been produced in a sustainable and ethical manner, having due regard for high standards of animal welfare.

Our Sourcing Policy has been developed to ensure that the procurement of all meat, poultry and finfish used within our business is carried out in accordance with the Company's ethical standards that operate across all our brands. Working closely with our suppliers, we aim to optimise animal welfare standards to meet business needs and satisfy guest requirements.

Guest insight research that we conducted has highlighted key areas that matter to our guests in terms of animal welfare, environmental impact and social equity. Our Sourcing Policy addresses these issues and confirms our approach to the achievement of the optimal standards possible for each of our brands. Led by a cross-functional team, reporting directly to the Executive Committee, the Sourcing Policy continues to evolve and is reviewed on a regular basis, to incorporate any changes in legislation, procurement policies or business needs.

Our key achievements in FY 2018:

  • Browns continues to serve guests with 100% British Red Tractor Farm Assured beef, produced through their very own Browns Integrated Beef Supply programme. This initiative takes calves from known Red Tractor Farm Assured dairy farms, which are reared on specialist calf units, through to the finishing stage on selected assured farms, contracted to supply Mitchells & Butlers. In recognition of the great quality beef produced from this scheme, Browns has won Silver and Bronze awards at the World Steak Challenge in 2017 and 2018.
  • Updates to the Farm Animal Welfare and Sourcing Policy have been shared with our core food suppliers at the Company's annual food and drink supplier conference, most recently held in April 2018.
  • The Mitchells & Butlers Antibiotics Policy has been updated to prohibit the prophylactic use of antibiotics.
  • We are gathering data from all our suppliers who procure eggs, liquid eggs or egg derivatives for inclusion within our products, to ascertain the production system in place for laying hens. The information gathered allows Mitchells & Butlers to assess how we can progress to a 100% cage free status for laying hens. This assists Mitchells & Butlers in delivering its objective of extending the procurement of shell on eggs from cage free hens, to include egg products, and to complete this transition by 2025, subject to product availability and commercial negotiations.
  • Mitchells & Butlers continues to engage with Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR) on matters relating to welfare and antibiotic usage, as well as holding preliminary meetings with The Humane Society and the National Farmers Union on our sourcing strategy.
  • After attending the CIWF forum on the Better Chicken Commitment, Mitchells & Butlers is holding further meetings with its poultry suppliers and CIWF, to assess the impact of this initiative on current production models.

Accredited Standards

We recognize that improving Farm Animal Welfare is an ongoing process and to assist with measuring our progress, we continue to monitor the volume of raw material procured that already meets the welfare standards of accredited bodies, such as Red Tractor Assurance and Bord Bia.

On an annual basis Mitchells & Butlers purchase the following product from livestock reared to meet these specific welfare standards - a total purchase of approximately 10,000 tonnes of red meat and poultry ingredients.

Annual Quantity of Raw Material Purchased in Tonnes

TOTAL BY COUNTRY7,917.92,260.410,178.3

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