Marks & Spencer brings to life the concept of affordable healthy eating
with its range of "Eat Well" food. This range dimensionalizes the initiatives that Marks &
Spencer have taken
to encourage consumers to choose healthier food options, with its reduced levels of saturated fats and salt,
use of organic
ingredients and only free-range eggs, and its disinclination towards artificial colours and flavouring.
These initiatives are just part of Marks & Spencer's bigger commitment to healthy eating. In addition to
lowering their prices, other recent steps taken to make
healthy eating even easier and affordable for its
customers include "Eat Well" labels and guidelines on the daily amount of key nutritional elements. The quality
that people have long associated with M&S now comes at a better value with more competitive prices.
About Marks and Spencer Food
Marks and Spencer's foods are made with quality ingredients to create a better tasting product. We reduced
of additives and there are no artificial colourings or flavourings. Marks and Spencer
fish responsibly and protect
endangered species and we care about animal welfare. We use only free-range
eggs in all of our products.
Marks and Spencer is also the first to market with innovative product development and exclusive ranges.
Our development teams travel the world and are always listening to our customers to develop products
offer convenience and quality. Our foods are checked for quality by an independent taste panel.
There is a strong focus on food safety and our safety checks are higher than UK standards.
ourselves as the only major UK food retailer to sell only non-GM food and reducing the salt content ahead of
industry targets. We are also the first UK retailer to remove hydrogenated fats from all our products.
Controlling every stage of the supply chain from sourcing of raw materials to production,
packaging, storage and
distribution, supplier quality checks are performed at every stage of
the production process. Our technologists travel
the world to find the best suppliers and
work in partnership to develop new products and improve existing products.
The best ingredients are also sourced from around the world.
KNOW YOUR HEALTHY OPTIONS...
Products labelled with the 'eat well' sunflower are nutritionally balanced to meet strict nutritional criteria for calories, fat, saturated fat, added sugar and salt
Low fat doesn't mean low taste - all the products in the range have been carefully developed using the finest ingredients to ensure great taste and flavor.
'Eat well' highlights the healthier option. The sunflower makes healthier eating the easier choice.
The 'eat well' logo is also on foods which are naturally healthy, eaten as part of a healthy balanced diet eg fruits and vegetables, wholemeal bread and oily fish.
Product development - Our Healthy-Eating ranges, Eat Well, Simply Fuller Longer, and Count on Us,
are all developed to meet the government recommendation of
a maximum of 6g of salt per day and our kids'
ready meals all contain 1g of salt or less per portion; in fact, reducing salt has become a key part in
development of all our new foods, without compromising the quality, safety or taste.
On average, adults in the UK eat 1/3 of a portion of oily fish a week which means
that we are not including enough of the beneficial long-chain omega-3 fats in our diet.
To help you get more of these fats from your diet, we highlight foods which are rich in omega 3 with our logo on the front of pack.
You'll find this on all of our oily fish.
We also stock omega 3 enriched eggs, milk, smoothies,
tropical fruit juice, and "eat well" cheese sticks for children to help you increase your intake of these fats from
a wider range of foods.
In response to our customers' concerns, in summer 2005 we were the first retailer to announce
that we would be removing hydrogenated vegetables
fats/oils from all our foods.
In January 2007, we became the first retailer to remove hydrogenated fats/oils as an ingredient from all our foods.
We know that our customers prefer to avoid the use of additives, so it's our policy to minimise
the use of food additives wherever we can, across our entire range
of foods - and to use natural additives wherever possible.
There are a number of food additives which we have historically not permitted in our foods. These include monosodium glutamate (MSG), cyclamates and tartrazine.
We also refuse to use over half of the additives permitted by the EU - particularly those associated with concerns about food intolerance
and children's diets e.g. Ponceau 4R, Sunset Yellow and Carmosine.
In March 2008 we removed artificial colours and flavourings from all our food and softdrinks and our work also extends to sweeteners and preservatives.
We no longer use aspartame in our foods and
wherever possible we do not use preservatives other than those which are required for food safety e.g.
sodium nitrates in ham.
Vegetarian and Vegan Diets
Labelling foods as suitable for vegetarians or vegans
We offer a Vegetarian prepared meals range and also label foods and wines that are suitable for vegetarians and vegans with our vegetarian or vegan logo on pack.
Product information lists
We also offer a 'Suitable for Vegetarians' list (based on a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet) and a
'Suitable for Vegan' list which are updated monthly and downloadable
from our website, available in store or from customer services.
Our vegetarian and vegan policy
Products which carry our vegetarian logo do not contain:
In addition to the ingredients listed above, products which carry our vegan logo do not contain:
- meat, fish or poultry protein or any products derived from
slaughtered animals (e.g. animal lecithin, animal rennet)
- animal carcass fats ( including suet, lard or dripping)
- meat, fish or bone stock
- gelatine, aspic, cochineal or carmine
- egg or egg derivatives
- milk or dairy products (e.g. butter, yogurt, cream, cheese etc) or dairy derivatives
Our vegetarian products can however, contain milk, free-range eggs, cheese (produced with microbial rennet),
and vegetable lecithins.