Betty's Large Classic Christmas Pudding - Sustainability doesn't stop at Christmas!

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1.5

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Alice Dunsmore
11/1/2021
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Bettys as a company has a focus upon sustainability. Where possible all ingredients are locally sourced from Yorkshire. This means that there is a large reduction in the carbon footprint of their products. They need to focus on reducing the impact from posting their products nationally in the U.K. and internationally to countries even outside of the EU. This in turn could be carbon off-setting the emissions of posting their products abroad. 

What it's made of:

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It is a vegetarian product. By using vegetable suet rather than animal fat means that the carbon footprint is reduced as one of the largest polluters within the farming industry is the meat sector.

Its ingredients include: vine fruits, eggs, sugar, Yorkshire Ale, brandy, flour, citrus peel, glace cherries, vegetable suet, almonds, orange juice, breadcrumbs. The ingredients used in the product (where possible) are sourced in Yorkshire. This reduces the carbon footprint of the product as the factory and all of the Bettys tearooms are based in Yorkshire.

How it's made:

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The product is available for shipping nationally and internationally. Within the U.K. the product is shipped by trucks (which are not electric powered so adding to the carbon footprint of the product). The product can be shipped to countries including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. Sending this product overseas (to places which are very far away from its’ Yorkshire origins) add a huge amount to the carbon footprint of the product. It is not necessarily carbon offset, or if it is then it is not stated to be on the website.

The product is packaged in a cardboard box. This is a recyclable packaging option so much better than plastic alternatives.

There is not any available information found on the Bettys' manufacturing process specifically. This makes it more suspicious that the manufacturing process for Bettys products, including their Christmas pudding is not sustainable. 

Who makes it:

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The product is created at the Bettys Craft Bakery in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Bettys is a company which is joined with another company called Taylors of Harrogate. Taylors of Harrogate products are all carbon neutral. It is easy to find information about the sustainability involved within the products made by Taylors, however there is an extreme lack of information surrounding the sustainability of Bettys products. Potentially the owners are assuming that because there is enough information and sustainable action taken for the Taylors of Harrogate side of the business then it doesn’t matter about the lack of information on the Bettys side, but this simply is not the case.

In terms of how they look after their employees, Bettys has a positive track record. They have a specific section on their website which is exploring the learning and development opportunities that are available for their employees. There however is not a specific section surrounding how they treat their employees or why it is better for individuals to work for Bettys rather than any other company. This could suggest that there might not be the most positive working environment for employees.

Bettys partners with the Royal Horticultural Society and has planted 3 million trees in their work with them.