Our local communities are very important to us
– whether they are local to the sites we operate in, or the communities we work with as part of our ethical sourcing initiatives. We’re also really proud of our industry and work hard to promote it as a career destination of choice.
The tastiest potatoes for our crisps
We contract all our potatoes from a selected group of UK potato growers – all Red Tractor certified and technically approved by us for growing the best ‘crisping’ potatoes! We work closely with these growers on potato variety development, to select the very best varieties and constantly improve quality.
We use the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) risk assessment tool and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) code of conduct to audit our suppliers. We have reduced our palm oil usage significantly as a result of our saturated fat reduction work. Where palm oil is still used in our products it is certified sustainable by the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
All McCoy’s potato growers are also engaged in a sustainability project that focuses on
- Increasing crop yield
- New and better ways of pest and disease control
- Improved bio-diversity
- Increasing levels of organic matter in the soil
- Better use of precision farming methods
Fair and sustainable nuts
Our parent company, Intersnack, is one of the biggest buyers of nuts in the world, working directly with producers, rather than buying on the global market. This gives us a great opportunity to lead the way in sustainable nut sourcing. Because we connect the people who grow nuts to the people who enjoy them, we have a responsibility to both.
We work with suppliers up and down the value chain to ensure superb product quality and fair deals for farmers, to help them grow both their nuts and their businesses.
Better tasting peanuts
KP have been selecting, roasting and seasoning peanuts since 1954 and our peanuts are regularly rated the best-tasting by consumers (Cambridge Market Research, 2016). We only use a specific high grade of peanut that has been allowed to grow to full maturity (at least 130 days) in the sunshine to give the fullest flavour and crunchiest texture. KP know the farms that we source from and we’ve worked with them for many years to ensure that their working conditions and environmental approach produces the best yields and the best quality nuts. We share knowledge of modern farming techniques and invest directly in the technology needed to successfully grow peanuts and safeguard local varieties for the future. KP Nuts are nature’s own snack; not only delicious but packed full of natural fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals and oils. That’s why they are worth taking time and care to produce.
We’re a strong supporter of Grocery Aid, the grocery industry’s benevolence charity, and we get involved in a range of events each year to raise money for the charity, as well as promoting their Assistance Programme and other benefits to our colleagues. Each of our sites also choose different charities to support each year, picking causes that are important to them.
To help support this, we provide each of our colleagues with an additional day off each year; their KP Community Hero day, which they can use to support local community events or charities of their choice. Many of our teams across the business have also gone out to support community initiatives.
Championing jobs in our industry
KP has supported the IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future programme for a number of years. This brings the industry together to inspire the next generation and equip them with skills for work. As part of this, several KP colleagues have been into schools to talk about their experiences of working in the food industry; bringing to life the world of work; highlighting the skills required to succeed and showcasing the variety of roles available in the industry. Since 2015 Feeding Britain’s Future has successfully trained 25,000 students.
Helping our communities to learn about healthy lifestyles
KP has supported the British Nutrition Foundation’s ‘Healthy Eating Week’ since 2015. The programme educates nursery, school, college and university pupils plus workplaces about healthy eating and lifestyles, and reached over four million people last year.
Each of KP’s sites gets involved in Healthy Eating Week, with colleagues taking part in healthy eating and exercise challenges.