To us, sustainability is thinking about future generations while we are developing our business now, making sure that those to come have the same, if not better, resources as we do.
We try very hard to use local suppliers for our ingredients whenever we can, in the hope that we can keep our local food economy going strong.
We make all of our products by hand, using the open pot boiling method. This is more labour intensive, but we know it results in better taste and quality. This method provides good jobs for local people, as opposed to mechanized or factory production.
At Wexford Home Preserves we try to support our local community through the local GAA and the local Pantomime Society. We use local suppliers for our stationary requirements and our marketing, design and print services.
We are proud members of the Wexford Food Family – a local network of food producers focused on supporting local businesses, jobs and families and which has proved hugely beneficial to the local area.
Educational experiences are provided by us to Food Science students from UCD through work placements and French students interested in learning more about the Irish food industry, for one month each year. We also gives tours to local schools to show the production process and we mentor local enterprises through a programme called ‘the Future is Food’, once more showing their commitment to social sustainability and the local community.
Since moving to our new premises on the Waterford Road in 2013, we have made significant changes to improve our energy efficiency. The Origin Green charter has helped us to set goals to further strengthen the sustainability of our supply chain, reduce our impact on the environment and to encourage the growth of our local community.
Company Sustainability Commitment Highlights:
- To reduce overall energy usage by a third by end of 2018
- To reduce overall waste by 35% by 2019
- To source 100% of fruit from Irish growers by 2018