Waitrose & Partners, with its 348 UK shops, is part of the John Lewis Partnership. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop - dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service. Waitrose & Partners exports products to more than 50 countries worldwide and has nine shops which operate under license in the Middle East. Our omnichannel business includes the online grocery service, Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitroseflorist.com for plants and flowers. The people who work for Waitrose & Partners are co-owners of the business and the notion of longer-term partnership is also extended to farmers and growers. At the heart of the supply chain are its producer groups that operate across livestock, milk, farmed fish, fruit and vegetable categories.
Competences & Capabilities
Through its Technical Directorate, Waitrose & Partners has expertise in food retail with complex, integrated and short supply chains, customer relations, product development, food safety and provenance and the science base developed over more than 100 years of innovation in food and food retail. Through the Waitrose Supplier Partnership Group and Produce Group, Waitrose can call on the expertise of Aquascot; Bakkavor; Dalehead Foods (part of Tulip Foods); Dovecote Park; Macrae; Moy Park; New England Seafood; Noon; Samworth Brothers; Stonegate and Winterbotham Darby and Worldwide Fruit; Primafruit; BerryWorld; Wealmoor; G’s; Barfoots; and Branston (potatoes).
Partner in the following EIT Food projects
The project will evolve existing nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology to foster the development of a testing service that distinguishes organic from conventional milk, at all supply chain levels (farm, preproduction, retail), thus enhancing credibility of the dairy supply chain and consumer trust on the final product
Suitable materials for meat, fish & poultry have constraints such as the need for an oxygen barrier & stability at higher temperatures, so wide-scale use of alternatives has so far been low
Improving trust on fish chain: Rapid and portable monitoring tools for a better control of whitefish
This project provides three rapid, hand-held tools for enhancing the trust in fish products
Food Fortress for raw materials and ingredients in Europe – Gaining Consumer trust through transparency
This project aims at gaining consumer trust through improving the transparency of the supply chain using rapid-reactive and proactive risk management using a combination of technologies such as predictive analytics and multi-analytical tests
Develop in-depth knowledge about food systems through studying consecutively at three distinct European academic institutions and use your knowledge to drive the future transformation of the food system