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In celebration of our ethos and culture, Tugo has created “The Food Philosophy” campaign - a proposition that sums up and highlights Tugo’s unique approach to our food and our services.
We are going to showcase a series of posts to raise awareness of what we do, how we do it, and what we believe in.
“The Food Philosophy” is more than just a marketing initiative; it underpins every aspect of our approach to food and the central role that provenance and ethics play in our business.
We deliver excellence, innovation, and exceptional value to our customers, all in equal measure.
We believe the food we supply should be the best we can make it.
We believe that the food we supply should be free from GM ingredients, so we do not use them.
We believe that there is no need for artificial colours in foods, so we do not use them. We believe that artificial preservatives are largely unnecessary, so we do not use them either.
We take our responsibility to those in society with food allergies seriously, so we challenge ourselves to reduce the number of allergens in our food, and all our manufacturing facilities are nut-free.
We believe in sustainability, increasing the amount of recycled materials in our packaging, using only what we need, and giving back wherever the opportunity arises.
Tugo takes great care in selecting the products that go into our brands; NEO Pizza, Burrito Cantina, 4ork and Pasta Factory.
Wherever possible, we like to use British produce to support British farmers and reduce the distance that produce travels, and we take very great care that the manufacturing partners we choose operate to the highest standards of hygiene, food safety and integrity. However, because we strive to deliver authentic, innovative, top quality products, UK production is not always available or possible.
All Tugo’s fresh dough pizza bases are made in the UK in Leicestershire. Tugo only uses farms that can demonstrate non-GM crops and that have made a commitment to sustainable farming. Once the pucks and discs have been made, we freeze them and distribute to our customers. Only when the dough is defrosted and warmed does the yeast start to work, proofing the dough and creating the wonderful flavour of genuine Tugo fresh dough pizzas.
Tugo Stone baked pizza bases and Focaccia are made in the UK in Berkshire. We use a very special natural sour-dough sponge, matured for 24 hours, that creates a unique flavour. These bases are fully cooked before being frozen and distributed to our customers. Ideal for those sites that are short-on-time but require very high-quality pizza bases.
Our meats mostly come from the UK, but we also use meats from farms in other EU countries such as Ireland, Germany and France. We use these farms because they can demonstrate that they treat their animals with care and compassion, and they have all made a commitment to the five freedoms:
The meats made for pizza toppings are produced for us by our manufacturer in Ireland and they are part of ‘Origin Green’, a Country-wide initiative that is the only one of its kind backed by a Nation’s Government. Origin Green members have made a commitment to sustainable food and drink production, and work to ensure the resources we all enjoy today are there for the future. The Origin Green initiative ensures that there is “joined up thinking” throughout the food chain, from the farmers to manufacturers, through the delivery chain to the customer, ensuring that resources are used to their best capacity, and that there is total and complete transparency and traceability.
Our pulled meats come from a farm in Essex. We selected this farm for their demonstration of the highest standards of welfare for their animals, as well as producing succulent and tender meats for the Burrito Cantina range.
We are increasing the number of Red Tractor and Higher welfare meats in the range of pizza toppings. These include a Red Tractor certified diced chicken from Lancashire and Tugo’s new Farm Assured Pepperoni carries the highest certification available for meat products; RSPCA assured. The pigs are born and reared in the South-West of England.
Our pizza sauce comes from Portugal. The hot climate and rich soil produce high quality tomatoes, and we use a lot of them. Between July and October each year, our sauce factory processes 350,000 tonnes of tomatoes, all of which are grown within a 60 mile radius of the factory.
To put that in perspective, the total UK production is a mere 75,000 tonnes. The tomatoes are sun ripened and blended with a secret mix of herbs and spices, a little salt and sunflower oil. We do not add any colourings, preservatives or artificial sweeteners.
Our pasta sauces are manufactured exclusively in the UK, in Hampshire, and are manufactured using traditional methods. Tugo produces around 30 different sauces, including vegetarian and vegan options, sauces that contain Red Tractor meats, and a good range of Halal options. All our sauces are made by hand, using only the finest and freshest ingredients, we believe you can taste the difference.
Wherever possible we like to source our ingredients locally and from the UK, but our passion for authentic flavours means some ingredients are imported.
All our cheese is manufactured for us in the U.K.
Tugorella, our 100% Mozzarella is made exclusively for us in Wales, with all the milk coming from a single herd, and our Premium Fior Di Latte is produced on a small farm in Scotland.