* This potential new innovative packaging format for Duchy Organic was introduced by CuanTec during a pitch day to reduce plastic waste for the John Lewis Partnership JLAB retail innovation programme. JLAB allows the John Lewis Partnership to work with start-ups and more established businesses on exciting new technologies and ideas.
Waitrose & Partners
Waitrose & Partners has 349 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 61 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop - dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service. Waitrose & Partners is an employee-owned business - all employees are Partners and have a say in how the business is run.
Waitrose Duchy Organic
Waitrose & Partners has held the exclusive Duchy Originals licensing agreement since 2009.
The Prince of Wales founded Duchy Originals to promote organic farming and food production while generating funds for The Prince’s Charitable Fund which receives a donation each year from the sale of Waitrose Duchy Organic products.
The current range of Waitrose Duchy Organic has grown to over 300 products, from bacon to fresh fruit and vegetables to beer and is the largest own label organic brand in the UK. The brand is also popular overseas with products exported to over 30 countries worldwide, including Japan, Germany, USA, Australia, Dubai and Taiwan.
The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF)
PWCF was founded in 1979 to support HRH The Prince of Wales’s charitable work and aims to transform lives and build sustainable communities. PWCF is primarily a grant making body that supports initiatives such as conservation, health, environment, heritage and youth training projects in the UK and overseas.
The Duchy Future Farming Programme is one project funded by the PWCF from the royalty received from the sale of Waitrose Duchy Organic products. The network of farmers is backed by a team from LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), Innovation for Agriculture, the Organic Research Centre, the Soil Association and is supported by Waitrose & Partners.
The Programme is delivered by the Soil Association and involves farmers from across the country developing innovative techniques aimed at improving yields and nutritional performance in organic and low-input agriculture. At its heart is a network of on-farm events, led by farmers and growers, where they share their know-how, work with scientists to design field experiments, and pinpoint practical challenges.
In addition, PWCF has a charitable subsidiary -The Prince’s Countryside Fund. Established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010, it aims to enhance the prospect of family farm businesses and the quality of rural life. The Prince’s Countryside Fund believes that the British countryside is our most valuable natural asset and its contribution to our everyday life cannot be underestimated www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk . PWCF also delivers the Accounting for Sustainability project.
Waitrose Food Innovation Studio
Waitrose & Partners opened the Food Innovation Studio at the Bracknell Headquarters in July 2018, as part of the commitment to being the best 5%, ensuring that both product and service give our customers the best possible experience. The new facility is part of Waitrose & Partners commitment to being the most innovative, high quality food retailer in the supermarket sector. Over £1.5M was invested in the Food Innovation Studio to focus on product innovation, helping to increase the pace of cutting edge products, including doubling the number of chefs working on food innovation. A team of five chefs now work at the Food Innovation Studio, led by Jonathan Moore, Executive Chef for Product Innovation & Own Brand.