In this article:
- Where does Gousto source vegetables from?
- Where does Gousto get meat and poultry from?
- Where does Gousto get fish and seafood from?
- Where does Gousto get dairy from?
- Where does Gousto get plant-based burgers from?
- Why does Gousto source some ingredients from overseas?
- Does Gousto use organic produce?
- Where does Gousto get palm oil from?
We’re committed to creating meaningful long-term relationships with trusted producers and suppliers. Ones who care about quality and sustainability as much as we do, and who share our values.
We work closely with our suppliers to source the highest quality ingredients for your Gousto box. Everything is tasted and approved by our chefs, and protected by our thoroughly-tested packaging.
Before we start working with a new supplier, they must go through rigorous vetting to make sure they meet our high standards for quality, safety and sustainability. They’re also a great source of recipe inspiration, and we meet regularly to learn about new ingredients.
The Gousto Market is full of brands we trust, and little ones we love to champion. Use it to upgrade mealtimes even more with a nice bottle of wine, quality kitchen utensils, and something we can all make room for: dessert. We switch up the stock regularly, so keep checking back for new discoveries.
Where does Gousto source vegetables from?
Our team works hard to make sure your vegetables are as fresh as possible when they arrive in your box, and we’re proud to have a wide range of different produce in our recipes: from local classics, to specialist choices like Romano peppers, pak choi, Tenderstem® broccoli and chicory.
We source as much seasonal British produce as possible, to guarantee both freshness and to reduce our carbon footprint where we can.
To keep our menus exciting throughout the year, or where it’s more environmentally friendly to do so, we also source vegetables from overseas when necessary.
Where does Gousto get meat and poultry from?
Great food comes from great ingredients, and we make sure our meat is of high quality and completely traceable. Which is why you'll only find great quality, 100% British chicken, beef, pork or lamb in your Gousto box.
All Gousto fresh meat is Red Tractor assured too, meaning it's traceable, safe and farmed with care – ensuring high-quality standards from farm to plate.
Where does Gousto get fish and seafood from?
We take great care to make sure that all our fish and seafood is responsibly sourced. Currently, we use the following fish and seafood in our recipes:
Cod: MSC certified; sourced from Norway, Iceland, Russia, Canada and the UK.
Sea Bass & Sea Bream: Sourced from the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Greece and Turkey.
Haddock: MSC certified; sourced from the northeast Atlantic Ocean.
Mackerel: Sourced from the northeast Atlantic Ocean.
Tinned tuna: MSC certified; sourced from from the Western Central and Eastern Pacific Ocean, or the Indian Ocean.
Salmon: Sourced from Ireland, Scotland and Norway.
Basa: Sourced from Vietnam (ASC certified)
Crab: Caught and hand-picked in Penzance, Cornwall.
Prawns: Product is frozen immediately after catch – do not refreeze; sourced from the Indian Ocean.
Jumbo Prawns: Wild-caught in the South East Atlantic.
Scallops: Wild-caught in the South East Atlantic.
Where does Gousto get dairy from?
Some of the cheeses supplied in our recipes – such as halloumi from Cyprus and feta from Greece – have PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) status, meaning they have to be from a specific location and made in a certain way.
All dairy products in our vegetarian section are suitable for vegetarians, according to The Vegetarian Society definition. We aim to source dairy products that use vegetarian rennet. If this isn’t the case, we’ll always let you know.
All our dairy-based yoghurt is from Yeo Valley in Somerset, and is organic. All of our liquid dairy-based creams are from Yester Farm Dairies just outside of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Where does Gousto get plant-based burgers from?
Gousto’s Ultimate Vegan Burgers are our own blend, made bespoke for Gousto. They’re therefore not currently sold in supermarkets, nor are they available to buy separately from our recipes.
Why does Gousto source some ingredients from overseas?
We’re lucky to have a temperate climate in the UK, so lots of fresh food can be grown locally almost all year round – especially in the summer. Some of our recipes, however, have ingredients that aren’t available in the UK, like avocados.
Gousto’s average use of overseas ingredients is broadly aligned with the national averages - which is around 64%. We source 60% of our ingredients from the UK in summer, and 40% within the UK in winter.
We also judge produce based on its carbon footprint. For example in winter, it’s often less harmful to source produce from abroad. This is the case with sourcing Spanish lettuce, which is between 3 to 8 times lower in emissions than growing it locally during winter.
We’re also proud to source some of our ingredients from countries like Kenya, where we’re building strong relationships with local suppliers and helping contribute to their local economic development.
Does Gousto use organic produce?
At Gousto, we always source the highest quality ingredients for our recipes so they don’t just taste incredible, but cook well too. Though Gousto doesn’t source organic ingredients specifically, we do have a few organic options on the menu. These are:
- Crème fraîche
Where does Gousto get palm oil from?
At Gousto we’re passionate about where our ingredients come from and understand the need for a more sustainable, responsibly-sourced supply chain. That’s why we developed our palm oil policy.
The versatility of palm oil is a key reason why it’s used in many food products, as it’s colourless and odourless, semi-solid at room temperature and stable at high temperatures.
Unfortunately growing practices for palm oil can have a negative impact on both people, and the environment as a whole, if managed irresponsibly:
Palm oil continues to be a major contributor to deforestation, destroying habitats of endangered animals (e.g. orangutans)
Forest loss coupled with the exposure of carbon-rich peat soils are releasing millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and contributing to climate change
Concerns around exploitation of workers, child labour and displacement of local communities to obtain their land for palm oil plantations
At Gousto, we believe that boycotting palm oil is not a sustainable option. Palm oil supplies 35% of the world’s vegetable oil demand on just 10% of the land, meaning to switch to alternative vegetable oils would use between 4 and 10 times more land. This would shift the problem to other parts of the world, and could threaten natural habitats and species.
Furthermore, it would disrupt communities in emerging markets who financially rely on the palm oil industry.
Consequently, we believe that creating a sustainable palm oil industry is the better solution.
Therefore, all palm oil-based ingredients (excluding processing aids) used in all raw materials sourced by Gousto must be RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm) certified.