About our pork | Waitrose & Partners

What's special about Waitrose & Partners pork?
•            Our outdoor bred pigs live their lives in straw based accommodation and have a lot more                          space to thrive than the industry average. 

•            This is the minimum standard for our pigs, and none of our pig farms use slatted floors or                              confinement stalls. 

•            All Waitrose & Partners fresh pork, including bacon, sausages, gammon and ham is 100%                              British. All the pork in our essential Waitrose sausages comes from British outdoor bred pigs. 

•            You won't find any rind, offal or mechanically recovered meat in any of our sausages and we                   never add water to our ham.

Waitrose_pork farmers_Ian and Michael Baker

Meet the farmers...
If you’ve ever wondered what a contented pig looks like, look no further than Michael and Ian Baker’s Norfolk farm. The brothers raise pigs for Waitrose & Partners free-range pork. Their animals live in the open air, where they can dig about and wallow in mud as they please.

‘We give them a good quality of life‘with lots of space to roam,’ says Michael.

The Baker brothers’ pigs live in small herds, each on a two-acre plot, with a canvas tent for protection from sun and rain, straw beds and access to fresh water whenever they want it.

In the 30-plus years the farm has been supplying Waitrose & Partners, Ian and Michael have constantly worked to a detailed set of on-farm standards, which lay down everything from what the pigs are fed to how much space they have outside.

The attention to high standards carries right through to the day the pigs leave the farm, among them aiming for a maximum journey time to the abattoir of four hours – half as long as accepted industry welfare guidelines. Our animal welfare standards are informed by ongoing research, with independent industry experts, into exactly what makes for a happy life for farm animals.

All Waitrose & Partners British pork goes to one dedicated processor, in a relationship that goes back more than 25 years. This whole supply chain approach has resulted in Waitrose & Partners holding Compassion in World Farming’s Good Pig Award every year since 2012. 


essential Waitrose British pork

essential Waitrose pork comes from British outdoor-bred pigs. All Waitrose sows live outdoors, free to roam in large paddocks with access to straw-bedded arcs or tents. Every Waitrose pig has free access to fresh straw, allowing them the freedom to create a comfy, warm bed. Pigs are born outside and live with the sow outdoors until they’re weaned at around four weeks old. They’re then moved to bright, airy, straw-bedded barns and are fed a cereal-based diet created by our dedicated livestock nutritionist. 


Duchy from Waitrose organic British pork

Our organic pork comes from four farms in Yorkshire and Norfolk, where the pigs are fed an organic diet and allowed to roam freely on land farmed to organic standards. The farms are independently monitored by the relevant organic accreditation bodies. 


Waitrose Free Range British pork

We sell three different breeds of free-range pork products - Hampshire sired, Berkshire sired and Gloucestershire Old Spot sired. All Waitrose free-range farms rear pigs exclusively for Waitrose and work within producer groups to ensure that they meet standards of animal welfare and animal husbandry. Our free-range pigs spend their entire lives outdoors, with straw filled arcs and tents for shelter. All of the pork on all of our Service Meat Counters is Free Range.


Waitrose Hampshire sired free range pork

Waitrose Hampshire-sired free-range pork is reared on a limited number of specialist farms based in Norfolk, Suffolk and Wiltshire and is produced from pigs sired by Pedigree Hampshire boars. Hampshire pork is renowned for its succulence tenderness and superb flavour. Waitrose Hampshire-sired free-range pork is found in selected Waitrose branches in both pre-pack assortments and on the service meat counter.


Waitrose Gloucestershire Old Spot sired free range pork

Gloucestershire Old Spot-sired free range pork is reared exclusively for Waitrose on just one farm in Wiltshire. The meat comes from pigs sired by Pedigree Gloucester Old Spot boars. The pork is highly marbled with fat, which means it’s juicy, tasty and wonderfully succulent. Gloucestershire Old Spot-sired free range pork can be found in our pre-pack bacon and sausages on the service meat counter in selected branches.


Waitrose Berkshire sired free range pork

Waitrose Berkshire-sired free-range pork is reared on a dedicated farm in Suffolk. The pork comes from pigs sired by Berkshire boars and is outstandingly tender and succulent and packed with flavour. Waitrose Berkshire-sired free-range pork is found in selected Waitrose branches on the service meat counter.