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).
Tyrrells - from seed to bag
Our famously hand-cooked Tyrrells crisps are made from potatoes planted and picked locally, then sliced, cooked and packed at Tyrrells Court Farm in Herefordshire. Our proud Herefordian team use potatoes from local farmers (all grown within a 30 mile radius of our farm). Our favourite potato varieties are Lady Rosetta and Lady Claire, which are renowned for their delicious taste.
Rajkumar Cashew Company
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. That’s why they are worth taking time and care to produce.
Supporting our industry's charity
We’re a strong supporter of GroceryAid, 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.
In 2019 we were proud to be awarded a Gold award by GroceryAid, in recognition of the support we provide the charity in terms of volunteering, fundraising and awareness raising. Each of our sites also choose different charities to support each year, picking causes that are important to them.
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, 26 KP colleagues went into schools in 2018 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. More KP colleagues have signed up to take part in this initiative in 2019 too.
We provide each of our colleagues with an additional day off every year
We call this a KP Community Hero day. They can use this leave to support local community organisations or charities of their choice. Many individuals and also teams across the business have gone out to support community initiatives.