Our mission at Prodigy Snacks is to inspire positive change in society and the food industry. We aim to deliver sweet snacks that taste amazing, benefit the environment, have a significantly healthier nutrition profile and are accessible to all.
Humanity and the world is facing a planetary / environmental crisis. We as humans, have choices to make on how we run our lives and the impact our lives have on mother earth. The biggest impact we make on our planet is the food we choose to eat, and the truth is we impact our planet 3 times each day : Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner.
Better for you
1. Reduction in Sugar consumption
Excessive sugar consumption is one of the key contributors to obesity and related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes. The toxicity of heavily processed refined sugars is also a major issue for us, and we are committed to promoting the reduction of refined sugars within the food industry. Our bars are refined sugar free and have significantly less sugar than mainstream chocolate bars – typically 50% to 65% less sugar than the average of a representative group of leading mainstream bars.
2. Increasing Fibre consumption to support Gut Health
We’re continuing to learn just how important our gut health is to our overall wellbeing. The digestive system is sometimes referred to as the “Second Brain” ! Fibre has a vital part to play in supporting good gut health however adults typically only consume on average 18g of fibre per day versus the recommend intake of 30g per day. Our bars have significantly more fibre per bar than mainstream chocolate bars (many have such low fibre it is not declared on their nutritional list). Prodigy bars have typically around seven times more fibre than the average of a representative group of leading mainstream bars that reveal that information. This fibre is natural in source and prebiotic in nature supporting and promoting much improved digestive health.
Better for the planet
Removal of single-use Plastic Waste
Did you know that over 1 billion* single use plastic confectionary wrappers are discarded in the UK every year! That’s almost 20 million wrappers every week that will take literally decades to disappear. Prodigy wrappers are biodegradable and compostable and will decompose over a dramatically shorter time span than the plastic foil single-use wrapper of a typical chocolate bar.They are certified Home and Industrial Compostable, but we do recognise that not all of these wrappers will find their way to a Compostable process. Hence, if any of our wrappers do end up in the environment, they will naturally biodegrade over a period of 12-24 months, instead of the decades of pollution caused by plastic wrappers.
But we want to go further and show the industry there is a better way. So in April 2021 we announced a partnership with rePurpose Global to help counter the pollution of plastic and to start to help to clear up after the big players.
For every Prodigy bar sold, we now fund the removal of 10 ocean-bound plastic wrappers from the environment.
*estimate based on Countline chocolate market value £511m Kantar World Panel 52w/e June 2019.
Carbon / Climate Neutrality
Our products are 100% plant based and thus have a relatively low carbon footprint as compared to most mainstream chocolate brands. However, we wish to do more in limiting our impact on the environment and thus In Feb 2021 Prodigy has signed up to work on establishing and off-setting its product-based carbon footprint, with Climate Partner. By the end of summer 2021, Prodigy will have assessed and calculated its YTD FY21 footprint and will be working with Climate Partner to establish which offset initiatives to support in pursuing carbon / climate neutrality for Prodigy products.
Prodigy has an Environmental Management System (EMS) policy, communicated to employees and established to reduce the company’s impact on the environment and where possible to benefit the environment.
Energy – using providers supplying ‘green’ energy and initiatives to reduce energy consumption.
Water – monitoring usage and seeking to reduce usage on a per employee basis vs previous year.
Non Utilities resources – limiting printing, responsible disposal of any hazardous waste, recycling as much as practical, upcycling and reusing many of our cardboard boxes etc.
Prodigy is committed to being a sustainable business with a social purpose as well as commercial goals. We have done a great deal of work preparing to be assessed by the not-for-profit organisation B-Lab with the aim of becoming B-Corp Certified. B Corporation certification is given to for-profit organisations who achieve at least a minimum score against a set of social and environmental standards. This means giving as much consideration to our social and environmental impact as we do to our financial returns. Our assessment is due around summer 2021.
Our 2021 targets
We are a growing business determined to increase the positive impact we have in our community.
Remove over 6,500kg or 6.5T of sugar consumption across our community.
Increase fibre consumption by over 2,500kg or 2.5T across our community.
Reduce long term plastic waste by over 5,500kg or 5.5T through a combination of our own use of biodegradable wrappers and a certified plastic negative program where we donate to organisations that remove plastic waste from the environment.
Reduce energy and water consumption by at least 5% on a comparable ‘per employee’ basis, year on year.
Achieve Carbon / Climate Neutrality for all our products.
Achieve B-Corp Certification.