Wetherspoon continues to lead the way in terms of sustainability issues and best practice, as we make every effort possible to help to repair and protect our environment.
Among the topics close to our heart is responsible and ethical food sources, with a commitment to serving those food products which are completely traceable, as well as sustainable.
In July this year, Wetherspoon was named the 2019 winner of the MSC Newcomer of the Year Award, for our committed responsibility to safeguarding seafood supplies – now… and into the future.
This follows on from Wetherspoon receiving Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for our cod and haddock, highlighting our commitment to preserving the oceans.
Wetherspoon is the largest pub chain in the UK to earn the ‘blue fish label’, which we use on our menu for cod and haddock. This logo assures our customers that the fish sold have been caught using sustainable methods.
MSC UK and Ireland’s commercial manager, Seth McCurry, said: “Wetherspoon’s fish and chips are hugely popular, so it was great news when they became MSC certified.
“This Newcomer of the Year Award is well deserved. The MSC label means that Wetherspoon and its customers are contributing to driving real change on the water.
“British diners are passionate about the oceans and sustainability and, when given the option, increasingly choose the blue MSC fish label.
“Wetherspoon’s customers can rest assured that their fish-and-chip meals are sustainable.
“Offering certified seafood means that Wetherspoon’s customers can eat their fish and chips with a clean conscience, knowing that they are helping to protect the life in our oceans for generations to come.”
Wetherspoon’s H&S manager, Paul Carrington, said: “Hand-battered fish and chips have been on our menu since autumn 2010.
“The fish has always been sourced from sustainable fishing grounds, but, in September last year, following a successful MSC Chain of Custody audit, the blue MSC ecolabel was used on the menu for the first time.”
Wetherspoon’s head of food, Jameson Robinson, added:
“We pride ourselves on offering our customers the best-quality food, with equally good provenance.”
“It is important to us that we serve sustainable seafood in our pubs – and we are delighted to have been recognised for this by the MSC.
“Our customers and staff expect the highest level of standards from us, and that includes serving sustainably sourced cod and haddock at all times.”
Wetherspoon has also received accreditation from Heathrow Airport, for the sustainable fish we serve in our pubs at the site, as part of an airport-wide initiative.
Europe’s largest airport, catering to more than 80 million passengers per year (covering four million fish meals), has been crowned the world’s first Sustainable Fish Airport by Sustain – the alliance for better food and farming.
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
The MSC is an international charity which wants to see the world’s oceans teeming with life and seafood supplies safeguarded for now and the future.
The MSC aims to end overfishing and make sure that future generations can enjoy the wild seafood which we love.
You can help by choosing MSC-certified sustainable seafood with the blue MSC label.