Our business is about getting healthy, sustainable protein to consumers.

Every year we help around 150 million people access high quality nutrition – and we want to make their choice even better, for their health and for the environment.
So we have set ourselves challenging targets for our products in our 2025 Sustainable Protein Plan, across three pillars.

Delivering a future-ready food system means we must think critically to address the complex interconnected issues; from climate and biodiversity, to resource use, and human rights.

Philip Heffer Chief Executive Officer

Balanced Healthy Diets

Efficient regenerative food systems producing more accessible and nutritious proteins

We have a responsibility to make it easier for consumers to identify the most healthy and sustainable options so they can make better choices. And ethical and sustainable choices for both human health and the health of the planet are increasingly important to consumers.

We provide many ranges of affordable products with lower fat and salt content to help people to reduce these in their diets. And we continue to research and implement the science around the role that different proteins have in a balanced diet, which feeds into our new product development.

Our goals are to:

  • Enable consumers to make choices that are healthier for themselves and the planet.
  • Increase the health scores of our current product’s and prioritise health in new product development.

And our targets are to:

  • Assess health and sustainability attributes of all of our proteins to provide consumers with the facts on their role in a diet that is healthy for us and the planet.
  • Double sales of plant based, vegetarian and flexitarian (vegetables added to products that were previously 100% meat or fish) products compared to a 2020 baseline.

Circular Packaging

Developing a circular economy for packaging and actively bringing waste materials back into use across our full value chain

Our aim is to achieve circular recycling and minimising the footprint of packaging in its production and use. We achieve this through innovation, reducing the amount of packaging we use, making it easier for the consumer to recycle and by increasing the recycled content in our packaging. We also apply the same principle to the packaging used for our raw materials to ensure we are using the most sustainable packaging across our value chain.

Our goal is to:

  • Eliminate as much of the plastic waste within our own operations as possible.
  • Achieve our commitments in the Plastics Pacts globally to drive the circular recycling of our packaging and reduce our use of virgin plastic materials

And our targets are to:

  • Reduce the weight of our plastic packaging whilst ensuring it remains fit for purpose.
  • All our retail packaging will be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable.
  • Drive demand for circular tray to tray recycling and actively prioritise the use of circular material.
  • Achieve a minimum of 50% average recycled content across all plastic packaging
Here are some of the things we've achieved so far:

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%
of the paper and board we use comes from certified sources
We are a signatory to the UK Plastic Pact and the European Plastics Pact and a member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
We will ensure all our packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable
We have reduced packaging weight by

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%
and plastic content by 73% by implementing by implementing flow wrap technology at Hilton Foods Holland
We use

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%
recycled PET for 76% of our meat trays
We have reduced our plastic use by around

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tonnes every year
by reducing the thickness of our vacuum sealed trays by 25%
Our packaging contains an average of

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%
recycled plastic
We have removed

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million pads
from salmon fillets, and are now testing padless meat trays

Resource Efficiency

Optimising food waste and use of packaging, energy and water across sites, supply chains, and in consumers’ homes

We want to minimise our use of resources and eliminate waste throughout our value chain, in support of UN SDG 7.2, including food and plastic waste within our own operations.

Our goals are to improve resource efficiency across our global operations and reduce waste across our full value chain.

And our target is to halve our own food waste by 2030 compared to 2019 and continue to publish food waste annually, in line with the Champions 12.3 commitment to deliver UNSDG 12.3.

We’ve made good progress already.
We have saved more than

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litres of water
per day by shutting down one of the Hilton Foods Ireland site’s cooling towers during the cold winter months. This better enables maintenance too, which improves efficiency all year and extends the life of our assets
We are measuring our
food waste at every site and reporting globally
We are transitioning our refrigeration systems
away from fluorinated gases
We have installed
charging stations across our estate to help our employees transition to electric vehicles
In 2021 we generated

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kWh
of solar electricity at our Heathwood, Grimsby and Huntingdon sites
We have saved

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kWh
by optimising our use of air compressors at Hilton Foods Poland
We have saved

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kWh
and 14,551 kWh at our Polish and Irish sites respectively by upgrading all our lights to LEDs
We have saved

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kWh
by optimising refrigeration at our Huntingdon plant
We have saved

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kWh
and 74,760kWh by optimising our use of vacuum systems at Hilton Foods Ireland and our SoHi joint venture in Portugal respectively