Sainsbury’s claims to ‘raise the steaks’ with lower carbon beef

By Oliver Morrison

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Image credit: Sainsbury's

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UK grocer Sainsbury’s is launching a new Taste the Difference Aberdeen Angus range which it claimed offers a 25% lower carbon footprint compared to industry standard, making it the largest low carbon beef range ever produced in the UK.

Following a decade of development, Sainsbury’s said it has developed the range by bringing together its dairy and beef supply chains, reducing carbon through a combination of superior cattle breeding and animal management. Measures such as strictly monitored feed and living conditions mean that healthy calves are raised in the most efficient way possible, needing less time and energy to grow, in turn emitting fewer harmful gases.

The updated Taste the Difference range will initially feature 16 customer favourites including 12% and 5% fat mince, 30-day rib eye steak and a 30-day beef roasting joint. The beef is produced in Britain using Aberdeen Angus cattle, which allows the retailer to breed healthy, hardy animals that are naturally suited to a grass and forage diet, producing “more consistent beef with a rich flavour and exquisite tenderness”, according to the grocer.

Sainsbury’s has made sure the new process will offer benefits for farmers with fixed, forward pricing providing greater security and stability. The retailer also equips farms with advanced free-of-charge technology which generates in-depth data to help them make better farm management decisions.

reducing carbon through a combination of superior cattle breeding and animal management

The beef range appeared in over 60 stores from Monday 18th​ September, with a nationwide expansion to come.

Gavin Hodgson, Director of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Horticulture at Sainsbury’s, said: “More customers than ever want high quality beef with a lower carbon footprint and that’s why we’ve invested many years of research and development into transforming how we produce it. 

“Our updated lower carbon premium beef range not only tastes great but is also positive news for our farmers too, who will benefit from more security and stability, supporting the future growth of UK agriculture. We’re excited about the possibilities this move could hold for the future of farming in the UK.” 

Sainsbury’s has developed the new Taste the Difference beef range with its long-standing supplier and beef processor, ABP Food Group. It added that by creating 25% lower carbon emissions, this launch is another step forward in Sainsbury’s ambition to become Net Zero across its own operations by 2035, and value chain by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement’s aim of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C.

The move was welcomed by UK food charity WRAP. Catherine David, Director of Behaviour Change and Business Programmes at WRAP said: “Over a third of UK greenhouse gases come from our food, with 30% from agriculture so working with farmers to lower the carbon intensity of food is crucial to the UK’s Net Zero goals. Beef has the highest average carbon footprint per kilo of any protein, so considering both the amount and the type we eat offers a huge opportunity for emissions reduction. The work Sainsbury’s has done producing lower emission Taste The Difference beef lines is a welcome step within the overall roadmap the industry must deliver.”

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