OUR COMMITMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENT
At Cooper Foods, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment while sourcing and supplying the best quality wholesale fresh fish and food at excellent value.
Fewer fuel miles. By expanding our product range we can help our customers reduce the number of vehicles and deliveries they receive. New premises with larger warehousing enables us to order frozen and dry goods less frequently, reducing the number of HGV’s and fuel miles associated with getting products to us. We plan our deliveries to keep food miles down and reduce our carbon footprint.
Less waste, more recyclable materials. All our incoming card and polystyrene foam packaging is compacted on-site and removed by approved and licensed companies for recycling. Our waterproof boxes and plastic trays are made from recyclable material. We have fitted filters to all our water drains in working areas to trap as much debris as possible and prevent it from entering the waste water system.
Fresh Fish & Seafood Traceability/ Sustainability Statement, August 2020
Fish and Seafood Sustainability:
All day boat fish sold by Cooper Foods is purchased from the fish market at Brixham in Devon, brought in
by a fleet of small fishing vessels. Other larger volumes of farmed fish such as salmon and sea bass are
purchased through British brokers and are from licensed catch areas. Lobsters are native or brought over
from Canada, depending on the seasonal availability. Fresh crabs, squid and molluscs are primarily
sourced from British waters. All delivery paperwork for farmed fish will state the catch area.
All suppliers to Cooper Foods are asked to complete a Supplier Approval Questionnaire and only
reputable suppliers are used. This information is monitored annually.
Fish and Seafood Traceability (In House Process):
One step back:
All incoming products are supplied with delivery notes which provide information on the type of product and the date it was supplied. Delivery notes are kept for a period of 3 months. Supplier invoices also contain the information regarding product type, quantity, weight and date of supply. Supplier invoices are currently kept for a period of 6 years. Once product has arrived on site it is booked in using our supplier delivery checks forms and where a Coopers batch/intake code is generated and a code label affixed to the product and/or box it is contained in. All incoming fresh fish and seafood batch codes use a supplier specific code together with the day and month of the delivery. This code together with the information listed on the supplier invoice (product type, quantity, weight and date of supply) allows us to accurately trace any product back to the supplier.
One step forward:
All delivered products are sent out to our customers with delivery notes and the customer orders recorded electronically on our Seasons ordering system. If a product trace is necessary for any reason this information allows us to accurately complete this task.