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Food

Food you can feel good about

We want to offer affordable food that’s delicious, sustainable and nutritionally balanced. That’s why we
include a variety of more sustainable and healthier options at our IKEA Restaurants, IKEA Bistros and IKEA
Swedish Food Markets. We select the ingredients we use for our food carefully - which is also why we work
with certifications to ensure our products meet standards of environmental and social responsibility. And
we are also working hard to minimise the amount of food waste in our stores.

No chemicals are used when extracting the oils from the seeds in the IKEA SMAKRIK rapeseed oil production.

“Building on UTZ we also wanted our beans to be organically grown, meaning without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides” 

Jacqueline Macalister, responsible for Health and Sustainability at IKEA Food.

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Help coffee growers give you better coffee

IKEA coffee beans come from family farms and small-scale cooperatives in countries like Honduras, Mexico, and Peru. The coffee is both UTZ certified and organically grown according to EU standards without the use of chemicals and pesticides. UTZ works to improve a number of areas for farmers, including growing methods. This helps to lower costs and increase crop quality and yields, which improves the livelihoods of farmers. Workers get a better income and farmers get a fairer share of the profits. It means their children can go to school and have time for play too.

Close-up of a sack filled with coffee beans.

You get great coffee, and the growers get a better income

Since 2008, all coffee sold and served at IKEA has been UTZ certified. The certification was a positive step towards better coffee, ensuring sustainable farming standards, better conditions and traceability back to the plantation. But it was just the beginning of the journey to create truly sustainable and delicious beans. Now, the coffee beans are organic too.
 
“Building on UTZ we also wanted our beans to be organically grown, meaning without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides” - Jacqueline Macalister, responsible for Health and Sustainability at IKEA Food. “This means healthier soils and less impact on the climate. Also, farmers are paid more for organic crops. That way they improve their livelihood while at the same time they’re safeguarding the environment.”
 

PÅTÅR special edition: Introducing a single-origin high-quality 100% Arabica coffee from Uganda

The large part of IKEA coffee beans originates from South America. Now we’re happy to add a special edition solely sourced in Africa to the list. Despite being the biggest coffee exporting country on the continent, the Ugandan coffee industry is primarily made up of small-scale farms that often face harsh business realities. When we’re introducing the first single-origin coffee to the IKEA Swedish Food Market – 100% Arabica beans from the White Nile region – we do it in cooperation with thousands of these Ugandan small-scale farmers, enabling them to grow and become more economically independent.
 
Coffee beans on a grey plate are shown together with green leaves, seen from above.

Organic and UTZ is a good combination

The coffee that we serve and sell in the IKEA Swedish Food Market, IKEA Bistro and the IKEA Restaurant is both organic according to EU standards and UTZ certified. The tasty beans meet strict, independent requirements to ensure sustainable farming standards and better conditions for workers. You can even trace the origin of the coffee that you buy, at utz.org/IKEA
Cocoa fruit and beans on a black plate are shown together with green leaves, seen from above.

Chocolate you can feel good about eating

The cocoa in IKEA labelled chocolate bars meets strict, independent requirements to ensure sustainable farming standards and better conditions for workers. Just look out for the UTZ Certified label in our Swedish Food Market. To trace the origin of the cocoa in your UTZ certified chocolate bar, visit utz.org/IKEA

Try our great organic options

You can always find organic food at our Swedish Food Market, like rapeseed oil, lingonberry jam,
coffee and cookies. We also offer at least one organic meal on the menu at our restaurants, as well
as an organic children’s meal.

SMAKRIK is the newest addition to our organic food range. The farmers that contribute to the rapeseed oils follow strict standards for agriculture. No synthetic pesticides or fertilisers are sprayed on the fields – much to the joy of insects that gladly help with pollination in return. Besides preserving biodiversity, organic farming helps to maintain soil health too.

IKEA combine high organic standards with good taste in SMAKRIK rapeseed oil.

Organic farming and happy bees: see how we combine high organic standards with good taste.

See the SMAKRIK rapeseed oils

All chicken products sourced for IKEA Food will be consistent with all criteria of the IKEA Food Better Chicken Programme by 2025.

Supporting a more sustainable agriculture and better animal welfare

We believe in a new vision for the food industry. One which positively impacts the lives of people, the planet and also the lives of animals. The goal is to source fewer animals and to make sure those we do source are raised responsibly. We believe that animals should live decent lives. And that’s why we’ve been working together with experts, NGO’s and our suppliers to develop the IKEA Food Better Programmes. For all animals in our supply chain around the world - pigs, salmon, beef, dairy cattle, laying hens or broiler chickens - we aim to source from more sustainable farms where animal welfare, environmental impact, and responsible antibiotics use is a priority.

We are working hard to ensure that all of our chicken products are sourced to good animal welfare standards and meet the criteria of the IKEA Food Better Chicken Programme by 2025.

Read more about IKEA Food Better Programmes

Responsibly sourced seafood

Healthy and tasty fish make for healthy and happy customers. That’s why IKEA was part of a dialogue with global environmental experts to develop responsible salmon farming standards that are better for the fish and for the environment. All IKEA salmon comes from farms that are certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standards. 
 
Responsible sourcing helps keep the ocean stocked  

Today, 90% of the world’s fish stocks are fully exploited or overexploited – by sourcing responsibly we can ensure fish stocks won’t decline further.


Close-up of a small glass jar filled with red seaweed pearls.

Making pearls from seaweed

Seaweed pearls are an environmentally friendly product, being made from kelp that’s available in the ocean. And kelp is a sustainable plant form too, growing at a rate of up to 50 cm per day. Our seaweed pearls are a great vegan caviar substitute and don’t contribute to the depletion of fish stocks, as no fish eggs are taken as raw materials.
 
A mix of fish, shrimps and ice, seen from above.

Seafood you and your grandchildren can enjoy

All wild-caught fish and shrimp served and sold at IKEA come from fisheries which are independently certified to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards. When you enjoy MSC certified seafood you can be sure you are supporting sustainable fishing and protecting seafood supplies for generations to come.
 
Fried vegetable balls in a frying pan made of cast iron, seen from above.

Enjoy veggies in a tasty ball

The development of a vegetable ball was driven by the fact that IKEA, as a responsible business, wanted to develop the food range to contain more sustainable products. Our vegetable balls are packed with fresh ingredients, such as chickpeas, green peas, carrots, bell peppers, corn and kale. You’ll enjoy a nutritious meal that is full of protein and nutrients. Plus, they come with a lower carbon footprint. All in all, they’re a delicious alternative to our iconic meatballs.
 
A brown paper bag filled with food waste, seen from above.

Moving towards zero waste

At IKEA, we think food should not be wasted, which is why we decided to work toward big goals: By the end of August 2020, we aim to halve food waste at IKEA. And further, 90% of all food waste should be recycled or turned into a resource such as compost or biogas.