At Tims Dairy we are dedicated to nurturing and supporting our people and our environment as responsibly as we can. The health of our planet is as important as our own health and we aim to do what we can as a responsible producer and employer, for now and for the future.
For Now And For A Greener Future
We have a wonderful and passionate team throughout our dairy, who are not only dedicated to creating amazing yogurt, but looking at a greener future too.
Our passionate ‘Greenpot Team’ meet regularly to ensure that we have a proactive and developing eco strategy to minimise our impact on the environment. This includes looking at in-house practices and wastage, packaging innovation, ingredient sourcing and possible improvements in our processes and procedures on a continuous basis with the best consideration for the environment.
Transport can cause a great deal of carbon emissions. 25% of our 70 strong team car share when travelling to work daily, which reduces carbon footprint and saves fuel consumption.
There are many causes close to our heart, and we are delighted to be supporting several local and national charities by donating to them.
Our caring dairy team kindly donate regularly, and so do we as a business. We have therefore been able to actively support the following charities: British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Care, Aylesbury Homeless Group, and more recently we have supported the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.
Our milk is delivered daily to our dairy in the Chiltern Hills. It is the main ingredient in all of our yogurts, so it’s very important to us that the quality is at its best. We only use fresh British milk sourced from Red Tractor farms via independent processors.
All our other ingredients are completely natural and sourced through ethical suppliers, who understand and support our commitment to quality and wholesome goodness. Find out more here.
Animal husbandry is important to us. As such we only source milk from approved Red Tractor farm suppliers who maintain high levels of animal welfare. We build strong relationships with our suppliers and have close bonds of ethical trust and commitment.
The Red Tractor policy states that our British climate is not conducive to keeping the cows grazed outdoors throughout the year and there can be periods when they are housed indoors for their welfare over winter. Indoors their wellbeing continues to be excellent, with comforts and care to ensure a good lifestyle. They are grazed outdoors during the warmer months when the grass is growing and nutritious and are therefore given as many days as possible grazing outdoors.
We’ve done it – our retail yogurt pots are recycled and recyclable, meaning they can become yogurt pots again and again!
Made from recycled PET the pot is then enrobed in a 100% recyclable carton board sleeve and foil lid. The PET pot can be recycled again and again at end of life back into new yogurt pots, and the sleeve and foil lid can be separated into their respective recycling streams.
We constantly look to increase the recycled content across our business and are also gradually reducing single use plastic from our pot outer packaging, whilst ensuring trial at each stage to prevent wastage. We are also very proud to have completely removed all shrink wrap from our outer packaging.
We define ‘recyclable’ as packaging which can be put into most household recycling, but you do need to check your local authority regulations to ensure this.
All pallet base layer pads are made from recycled / re-used materials
There is no chlorine used in the production of the paper on the pots
We recycle all surplus cardboard
We have now signed up with Reuseabox to help ensure our cardboard boxes are reused rather than being sent straight for recycling
We are delighted to be members of the new Reuseabox scheme. Their Reuse Model challenges the status quo of how cardboard is produced, handled and disposed of. Unfortunately, most cardboard boxes are used only once before being sent for recycling. Following Circular Economy principles, they help companies reduce waste, keep cardboard in use for longer and regenerate the natural environment. We are so pleased to be on board and helping out with this great new idea. Find out more here.
HOW TO RECYCLE OUR YOGURT POTS
Check out our recycling infographic (left) to ensure that you’re recycling correctly:
Remove card sleeve and foil lid
Wash the pot and foil lid
Scrunch foil lid into a ball
Recycle all three items – pot, foil and cardboard sleeve
WE’VE REMOVED OUR PLASTIC OVER LIDS
We’ve taken even more plastic out of the system (in fact, approximately 8 tonnes per year) by removing all over lids from our retail range.
Approximately 70% of food waste across the globe each year is perfectly edible.
We are helping to change this:
In 2020 we moved our labelling on pack to say ‘Best Before’ instead of ‘Use By’, giving you (the consumer) control of when to eat our delicious yogurt.
We encourage consumers who have any left over yogurt to use it up in one of the fabulous recipes we have on our website. We also send out a free recipe booklet to consumers who request one.
Whilst we aim to have as little waste as possible, we occasionally have perfectly good yogurt in need of a home. That is why we are working with FareShare, a fantastic charity who are fighting hunger by redistributing perfectly good surplus food to charities and organisations across the UK. You can find out more here.
We wholeheartedly believe that our overall success includes manufacturing and operating in a progressively sustainable manner. Our business philosophy aims to protect resources and minimise impact on the environment whilst maintaining the highest standards of product quality and safety.
Packaging sourcing, green energy, water saving, waste disposal and supply chain efficiencies are all areas of focus to help to reduce our carbon footprint and thereby contribute to better sustainability for us all.
DELIVERING GREAT TASTE WITHOUT COMPROMISE
Greek Heritage. British Made
Our ‘proper’ Greek style yogurts and kefirs reflect our Greek heritage and are inspired by recipes handed down from our forefathers since 1949.
We are dedicated to ensuring that our customers and consumers are consistently provided with high quality, great tasting yogurt and kefir.
ETHICAL / MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
We are a privately owned family company specialising in making high quality yogurt and cultured cream products for the retail, foodservice and ingredients sectors.
The success of Tims Dairy rests with the combined efforts of our people. To ensure best performance we constantly review policies and training.
To prevent slavery and human trafficking within our organisation we have the following policies and practices.
Equal opportunities policy
Harassment at work policy
Human rights policy
All employees are treated fairly and equally
All employees are paid at least the national living wage
No one is forced to do overtime. We strive to have everyone working a 40-hour week and do not exceed this unless the business demands we do so and the employee agrees to do so.
When employing workers from agencies we only use reputable employment agencies, and always verify the practices of any new agency we are using before accepting workers from the agency
We do not employ anyone under the age of 16 at Tims Dairy. We conduct age verification checks to ensure this policy is applied. We check our supply chain by asking questions in the supplier self-audit questionnaire regarding SEDEX, ETI and employment of children.
Our whistleblowing policy sets out how any employee with concerns is able to report to management without fear of any reprisals.
We undertake due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers and review our suppliers annually. Should non-compliance be identified, we expect our suppliers to agree an action plan to remedy the issue.
This policy will be reviewed by the company’s Board of Directors on a regular basis (at least annually) and may be amended from time to time.
We will always be truthful and clear in all our communications
We will always ensure product transparency
We will always listen and respond to customer and consumer queries or concerns, and work to action points as swiftly as possible
We will always strive to improve and innovate our range, ensuring that the customer is always receiving the highest quality Tims Dairy products