Colman's Q & A
1. Why does Colman’s support British produce?
We’ve been working with local farmers for over 200 years to craft products with full-on flavour, so we know that the best flavour comes from British produce.
That’s why our fresh mint and mustard are grown and harvested in East Anglia.
That’s why the British Bramley apples in our Apple Sauce are picked from orchards in Northern Ireland, Kent and Wisbech.
This also means we’re uniquely placed to understand the threat faced by local farmers, who need more people to buy their products.
So, we stand for locally sourced produce that hasn’t travelled for thousands of miles; we stand for knowing where our food comes from; we stand for livestock that is reared to the highest welfare standards.
2. Why is Colman’s supporting meat?
At Colman’s we’re all about British produce, that’s locally sourced and of course full of flavour.
This includes British meat, but not just any old meat.
It has to be the right meat; meat that’s of the highest quality and reared to the best welfare standards.
We know that the full-on flavour of British meat is even better with a dollop of Colman’s.
As people look to meat alternatives or buy imported produce, British meat farmers are having a pretty tough time, so we’re encouraging everyone to support them.
Choose British meat.
Choose full-on flavour.
3. Are Colman’s ingredients sourced from UK?
We know we’re not perfect, but we’re on a journey to source as many of our ingredients as possible from the UK.
We’re proud to already source our free-range eggs, mustard seeds, mint, apple and parsley from the UK, and we’re working hard to find the rest of our ingredients closer to home too. Sometimes this isn’t possible, like in the case of cranberries, who, like most of us, don’t like the weather over here.
March 1st 2023 : Across the UK hens are being kept inside their barns to keep them in good health and protect them from bird flu. As a consequence, the eggs produced on these farms are not being labelled as “free range” eggs - although these eggs come from the same farms.
We use free range British eggs in our Colman’s Horseradish, Seafood and Tartare sauce products. Whilst we will always look to use free range British eggs where possible, whilst bird flu protection measures continue to be in place this may on occasion not be possible due to reduced availability. No other Colman's products are affected.
Colman’s has been using free range eggs from British farmers for more than a decade. Our priority is to keep hens in a good health, protect them from bird flu (Avian Influenza), and to continue to support and buy eggs from British farmers.
4. What is Colman’s doing to support British farmers?
As well as trying to source more of our own ingredients from Britain, we are encouraging people to make sure all the food on their plates is British too.
We’re promoting British food and farming more broadly through partnerships with the National farmers Union (NFU) and Red Tractor.
We are in process of certifying our own products (Mint and Apple sauce) with Red Tractor certification – meaning our ingredients are 100% British.
5. As a consumer, what can I do to support British farmers?
Look for the Red Tractor stamp on packs, as we start the journey to source only the best British ingredients in our products that are traceable, safe and farmed with care.