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Food

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

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.

Have a delicious veggie hot dog made from plant-based ingredients the next time you visit IKEA!

Veggie hot dog – plant-based goodness

We have challenged ourselves to develop a delicious veggie hot dog for the IKEA Bistro – a plant-based, more sustainable option to our much loved iconic hot dog. But why make a hot dog without meat? First of all, because simple mathematics tells us that plant-based foods need fewer resources, less water and less soil to feed just as many while making a smaller carbon footprint. Secondly, we think healthy and sustainable food should be delicious and affordable, and we want to make it easier to make better everyday choices. So, when you think about it, a veggie hot dog makes perfect sense. 

Veggie hot dog ingredients include kale, lentils, quinoa, onions and wheat protein.

“There is no point in creating a more sustainable option for our customers if it isn’t tasty. With the new veggie hot dog, we can inspire and enable customers to choose a plant-based, more sustainable option at an affordable price.” 

Michael La Cour, Managing Director at IKEA Food Services

By choosing our UTZ certified coffee, tea and cocoa products, you contribute to sustainable farming.

Better farming, better future

Look out for the UTZ logo on our coffee, tea and cocoa products – UTZ certified stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet. The UTZ program enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment. Through the UTZ-program farmers grow better crops, generate more income and create better opportunities while safeguarding the environment and securing the earth’s natural resources. Now and in the future.

EGENTID – good for you, the farmers and the planet

We want to offer you products that are made with care for people and the environment, and make them available at affordable prices. That’s why we have developed EGENTID, a series of high-quality teas with whole leaves. All EGENTID products are sustainable and have either UTZ or a combination of UTZ/UEBT certifications, and some of them are also organically grown according to EU standards.

Drinking tea is a good way to take a pause, calm down and clear your mind, which is why we have named the series EGENTID – the Swedish word for “time on my own”. EGENTID comprises black tea, green tea, white tea, rooibos, chai and fruit and herbal infusions. With well-known flavour combinations as a base, we’ve added surprising twists. Some come as loose teas (coming this fall), some in tea bags (coming next year). All flavours are 100% natural.

IKEA EGENTID is our own series of responsibly grown, high-quality teas coming as both loose teas and tea bags.

The UTZ/UEBT certification means you can trust that the tea leaves and herbs were farmed in a responsible way, ensuring sustainable farming standards and better conditions for farmers.

Organic tea farming helps in preserving biodiversity and maintaining soil health.

Tea farming for a better tomorrow

Organic farming doesn’t use pesticides, fertilisers or artificial inputs. It also helps in preserving biodiversity and maintaining soil health.

By becoming UTZ certified, tea producers learn new techniques to improve their yields and quality of their crop, protect their workers and the environment, and ultimately earn a better income. In 2015, UTZ and the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) developed a new program for herbal and fruit tea. A UEBT certification assures that natural ingredients are sourced with respect for people and biodiversity.

IKEA and UTZ have been partners since 2008 as the first certified coffee products were introduced. Since then, the cooperation has been deepened and expanded. Today, IKEA carries UTZ certified coffee, chocolate and ice tea products. Now, as the EGENTID range of UTZ certified loose teas and tea bags is introduced, the cooperation is expanded even further.

EGENTID inspirational tea recipes

The unique, natural flavours of EGENTID tea series will surely make your well-deserved “me, myself and a cup of tea”-moments special, but EGENTID can also be used as the perfect secret ingredient to spice up refreshing drinks, a fruit dessert, truffles and even for seasoning salmon in a new way. Join us as we explore different ways to use the EGENTID teas, and be inspired by our “More than a cup of tea” recipe collection by following the link below.

See the recipes

IKEA EGENTID teas can be used as spices, too. Check the recipe for rooibos tea with marmalade in our “More than a cup of tea” recipe collection.

Tangy and robust rooibos tea with marmalade

IKEA EGENTID teas can be used to make this citrusy lemongrass tea on the rocks. Find the recipe in our “More than a cup of tea” recipe collection.

Light and citrusy lemongrass tea on the rocks

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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

BELÖNING – chocolate that makes a difference

BELÖNING is a new series of premium quality dark chocolate and milk chocolate products, made from UTZ certified cocoa.

UTZ certified means the cocoa was responsibly grown, with sustainable farming standards, good conditions for workers and respect for the environment. The product with dark chocolate and coffee nibs is organic because we use the nibs from our own coffee production, which also is organic and UTZ. To trace the origin of the cocoa in BELÖNING, visit utz.org/IKEA.

See more Sweets, chocolates & snacks

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.

Read more about IKEA's view on animal welfare

 

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.
 
Food is too precious to be wasted, that’s why at IKEA, we aim to halve food waste by 2020.

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.