RESEARCH | Staff Reporter, UK

Wahaca, LEON among top chains that support British farmers, study finds

New research ranked children’s food at 28 chains and supermarket cafes.

Wahaca and LEON are part of the top chains that primarily sourcing ingredients from the UK, according to a new study from the Soil Association.

The aforementioned brands are bright spots in the ‘Out To Lunch’ survey, which revealed a lack of support for British farmers, with chains such as Wagamama and Giraffe serving no British meat on their menus.

JD Wetherspoon topped the survey, followed by Ikea and Mitchells & Butlers brand Harvester, with organic and sustainable ingredients and vegetables on the menu.

In contrast, Marks & Spencer served no vegetables on its children’s menu, whilst chains including Azzurri Group-owned ASK Italian and Zizzi, Giraffe, Greene King brand Hungry Horse and Prezzo had sought no farm assurance.

The survey also found a trend towards organic items on the high street, with 15 chains found to serve organic ingredients on their children’s menu.

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