We recognise that what we eat not only impacts our health but also the health of the planet. Factors such as where, when and how food is produced, how it is transported, how much is wasted (either along the supply chain or in our own home), whether we are trying to eat with as little environmental impact as possible or with the greatest social benefit for those who produce the food – all play an important part.
All Wallaroo products are minimally processed to retain their natural goodness and nutrients. No additives, preservatives or flavourings (natural or otherwise) are added to enhance taste or manipulate the natural nutrient profile.
Suitable for everyone
Our products are suitable for vegans and vegetarians, for those that subscribe to specialist diets including kosher and halal and are allergen free.
Healthy, from the ground up
We work with health organisations to ensure that our products are designed to stay within nationally defined nutrition and portion control guidance.
In season fruit
We select fruit that is not only in season but also indigenous to the area where it is being grown.
Minimal environmental impact from cultivation
Sustainable farming practices are followed, including ensuring our suppliers adhere to Good Agricultural Practices (Global GAP) and Organic Standards, with no land clearing, and, protecting watercourses from pollution.
Fair prices and support to our growers
Our fruit is grown in community led farms that provide a fair and sustainable livelihood for our growers. We ensure that we are paying at least the minimum wage, and that there is no child labour. Furthermore, consistent demand from us gives small farmers a certainty of regular income allowing them to make investments to improve both their land holdings as well as their quality of life.
Minimal food waste
We dry our fruit close to where they are grown, reducing food damage during transport. Dried fruit travels better than an equivalent quantity of fresh fruit – a significant portion of which will be prone to damage in transport or will arrive over-ripe and then disposed at the point of sale. Fresh fruit that is too ripe to be transported long distances can still be dried locally, reducing food waste and improving harvest yield for our growers.
Lower food miles
Drying our fruit in the country of origin significantly reduces the volume that would otherwise be needed to transport fresh fruit and process this in the UK. We don’t use airfreight for any component in our supply chain.
Controlling our carbon footprint and water impact
All non-edible parts of our fruit and organic waste by-products from the drying process are processed in composting plants to be used as fertilizer. Our dried fruit production also works with renewable energy sources. Alongside solar energy, a biogas plant – in which bio-waste is used – is used to generate electricity and heat for the drying plant. The fruit in our products currently comes from places with plenty of water and requires minimal use of irrigation.
Ensuring the highest levels of food safety
All our products are BRCGS certified from field to pack.
Social and economic impact
We work together with our suppliers to create meaningful and sustainable economic activity in some of the most deprived areas of the world. Whilst farmers are assured of a regular income and a fair price for their produce, our drying facilities help create skilled jobs in food processing and contribute to the development and sustenance of a local industry.
Using the most technically advanced ideas in packaging
All Wallaroo products use a TUV OK Home compost certified wrapper that is designed to break down into water, carbon dioxide and bio- mass at low temperatures within a maximum of 26 weeks. This means that the wrappers can either be composted in a home or garden composter or disposed along with food waste as the wrappers carry the same certification as the food waste bin liners in the UK.
Our new mango packs are made from a high barrier 100% paper that comes from FSC & PEFC certified sources.
All our inner packs use only as much packaging as necessary. Our packs have been nominated for the ‘resource efficient pack of the year’ at the UK Packaging Awards.
Minimising additional outer packaging
Our outer cartons are made from a mix of FSC certified paper and are fully recyclable. These cartons are designed to protect the inner product packs, act as shelf ready display units and, be put on a pallet for transport. We do not therefore need or use any additional secondary or outer transport cartons for our products.
As parents with busy lives, we've often struggled to find food options that appeal to our daughter. It can be quite difficult to keep up with the ever frequent 'mummy can I have a snack' requests that are really just code for 'I want something that comes in a shiny packet!'
We began Wallaroo with this very quest to create food that could come in a packet, was tasty and appealing to growing children, yet also nutritious and safe. A snack that we could let our daughter enjoy guilt free.
We established the Children’s Food Foundation to help provide a platform for government bodies, parents and caregivers to talk about child obesity in India. We aim to continue to support and help in growing this initiative.
We work with Fareshare (www.fareshare.org.uk) to ensure that a part of our products are distributed through charities and food banks across the UK.