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“Sustainable Sourcing: UK Supermarkets Pave the Way for Green Procurement in Collaboration with Local Manufacturers”

Metal Craft Industries UK Supply Catering Equipment to Bakeries

In a ground breaking move towards sustainability, major UK supermarkets, including Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Ocado Retail, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Waitrose, have committed to lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their supply chains. This collective pledge, facilitated by the platform and consultancy Manufacture 2030, is not just a step towards environmental responsibility; it's a transformative collaboration that holds significant implications for local suppliers, such as Metal Craft Industries UK Ltd in Wellingborough.

Reg Larkin, Managing Director of Metal Craft Industries, views this commitment as an opportunity for local manufacturers to play a pivotal role in the journey towards a greener future. Metal Craft Industries UK, known for manufacturing catering equipment, warehousing equipment, and stock trolleys, has been a trusted supplier to local supermarkets for years.

"The shift towards lower GHG emissions is not just a trend; it's a collective responsibility that spans the entire supply chain. Our partnership with local supermarkets places us at the forefront of this movement, and we welcome the opportunity to contribute to a more sustainable future," says Larkin.

Manufacture 2030's Climate Action Program, part of the collaborative initiative, offers suppliers access to valuable resources, including best practice case studies, educational webinars, and one-to-one support services. For Metal Craft Industries UK and similar suppliers, this means enhanced capabilities to reduce GHG emissions across their operations, from sourcing raw materials to manufacturing and transportation.

Florence Batten-Turner, Head of Retail Partnerships at Manufacture 2030, acknowledges the influential role that major supermarkets play in driving environmental change. The collaborative approach, she notes, is a win-win situation. Supermarkets contribute to their efforts in reducing Scope 3 emissions across their supply chains, while suppliers gain measurable benefits and streamline their efforts towards sustainability.

For Metal Craft Industries UK, the collaboration aligns seamlessly with their commitment to local procurement and sustainable practices. "Being part of this collaborative effort is not just about meeting environmental commitments; it's about fostering a more efficient and eco-conscious supply chain," emphasises Larkin.

The joint statement by the supermarkets emphasises the enormity of the task at hand but underscores the commitment to collaborate with Manufacture 2030 to achieve tangible results. This initiative is expected to remove thousands of tonnes of GHGs from grocery supply chains, making a substantial impact on the planet, businesses, and, most importantly, customers.

This commitment comes on the heels of a breakthrough collaboration between the British Retail Consortium (BRC), major supermarkets, and large suppliers. This collaboration aims to introduce a unified standard for product carbon foot printing, marking a holistic approach to addressing environmental impacts within the grocery supply chain.

As the UK supermarkets pave the way for sustainable sourcing, Reg Larkin and Metal Craft Industries UK exemplify how local manufacturers can actively contribute to a greener, more responsible future, transforming the business landscape and setting the stage for a new era of environmentally conscious procurement.