We want to offer food that’s delicious, sustainable and nutritionally balanced. That’s why we include a variety of more sustainable options at our IKEA Restaurants and IKEA Swedish Food Markets. We’re always carefully selecting ingredients that have been certified to meet standards of environmental and social responsibility, while also adding new products to our range that are healthier/ support a healthier lifestyle. And we are also working hard to minimise the amount of food waste in our stores.
You like the coffee, so meet the growers
Since 2008, all coffee sold and served at IKEA has been UTZ certified. The certification was a positive step towards better coffee, ensuring sustainable farming standards, better conditions and traceability back to the plantation. But it was just the beginning of the journey to create truly sustainable and delicious beans. Now, the coffee beans are organic too.
“Building on UTZ we also wanted our beans to be organically grown, meaning without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides”, says Jacqueline Macalister, responsible for Health and Sustainability at IKEA Food.
“This means healthier soils and less impact on the climate. Also, farmers are paid more for organic crops. That way they improve their livelihood while at the same time they’re safeguarding the environment.”
The large part of our PÅTÅR coffee originates from South America. Now we’re happy to add a special edition solely sourced in Africa to the list. Despite being the biggest coffee exporting country on the continent, the Ugandan coffee industry is primarily made up of small-scale farms that often face harsh business realities. When we’re introducing the first single-origin coffee to the IKEA Swedish Food Market – 100% Arabica beans from the White Nile region – we do it in cooperation with thousands of these Ugandan small-scale farmers, enabling them to grow and become more economically independent.
All the coffee that we serve and sell in the IKEA Swedish Food Market, IKEA Bistro and the IKEA Restaurant is both EU organic and UTZ certified. The tasty beans meet strict, independent requirements to ensure sustainable farming standards and fair conditions for workers.You can even trace the origin of the coffee that you buy, at utz.org/IKEA
The cocoa in IKEA labelled chocolate bars meets strict, independent requirements to ensure sustainable farming standards and fair conditions for workers. Just look out for the UTZ Certified label in our Swedish Food Market.To trace the origin of the cocoa in your UTZ certified chocolate bar, visit utzcertified.org/ikea
You can always find organic food at our Swedish Food Market, like rapeseed oil, lingonberry jam, coffee and cookies. We also offer at least one organic meal on the menu at our restaurants, as well as an organic children’s meal.
SMAKRIK is the newest addition to our organic food range. The farmers that contribute to the rapeseed oils follow strict standards for agriculture. No synthetic pesticides or fertilisers are sprayed on the fields – much to the joy of insects that gladly help with pollination in return. Besides preserving biodiversity, organic farming helps to maintain soil health too.
Organic farming and happy bees: see how we combine high organic standards with good taste.
We believe in a new vision for the food industry. One which positively impacts the lives of people, the planet and also the lives of animals. The goal is to source fewer animals and to make sure those we do source are raised responsibly. We believe that animals should live decent lives. And that’s why we’ve been working together with experts, NGO’s and our suppliers to develop the IKEA Food Better Programmes. For all animals in our supply chain around the world - pigs, salmon, beef and dairy cattle, laying hens or broiler chickens - we aim to source from more sustainable farms where animal welfare, environmental impact, and responsible antibiotics use is a priority.
We are working hard to ensure that all of our chicken products are sourced to good animal welfare standards and meet the criteria of the IKEA Food Better Chicken Programme by 2025.
Responsible sourcing helps keep the ocean stocked
Healthy and tasty fish make for healthy and happy customers. That’s why IKEA was part of a dialogue with global environmental experts to develop responsible salmon farming standards that are better for the fish and for the environment. All IKEA salmon comes from Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified farms.
Seaweed pearls are an environmentally friendly product, being made from kelp that’s available in the ocean. And kelp is a sustainable plant form too, growing at a rate of up to 50 cm per day. Our seaweed pearls are a great vegan caviar substitute, and don’t contribute to the depletion of fish stocks, as no fish eggs are taken as raw materials.
All wild-caught fish and shrimps served and sold at IKEA come from fisheries which are independently certified to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards. When you enjoy MSC certified seafood you can be sure you are supporting sustainable fishing and protecting seafood supplies for generations to come.
Our veggie balls are packed with fresh ingredients, such as chickpeas, green peas, carrots, bell peppers, corn and kale. You’ll enjoy a nutritious meal that is full of protein and nutrients. Plus, they come with a lower carbon footprint. All in all, they’re a delicious alternative to our iconic meatballs.
At IKEA, we think food should not be wasted, which is why we decided to work toward big goals: By the end of August 2020, we aim to halve food waste at IKEA. And further, 90% of all food waste should be recycled or turned into a resource such as compost or biogas.