This article was written by Charles Wright – Digital & Social Assistant and features on The Grocer site here
As the world’s biggest companies give their social media logos the rainbow flag treatment, these grocery brands are opening their purses to address the issues facing the LGBTQ+ community
Take a look at the brands making a difference, including Asda donating £100,000 to stamp out LGBTQ+ bullying in schools, BrewDog partnering with MindOut to launch a Pride lager, and Lily’s Kitchen donating 100% of profits from its new Love & Pride range to MindOut
Aldi mascots Kevin and Cuthbert at Birmingham Pride this year
Aldi is participating in various Pride events across the UK this year and colleagues are invited to join the Aldi float in its area. Pictured are Aldi mascots Kevin the Carrot and Cuthbert the (controversial) Caterpillar at Birmingham Pride last month.
Asda’s George Pride range 2023
Asda is to donate £100,000 this year to support Diversity Role Models in a bid to end LGBTQ+ bullying in schools, through inclusion workshops in classrooms across the UK, the retailer said.
The supermarket has also partnered with Diversity Role Models to create a Pride-themed clothing range under its George brand. The company consulted with LGBTQ+ employees to help design the collection. Asda sources the range’s products from suppliers in countries with laws protecting LGBTQ+ rights.
Barefoot Wine’s support for the community dates back to 1988. Some 35 years later, it has launched a Barefoot Pride edition bottle which is available in all major UK retailers (rsp: £7).
BrewDog is partnering with LGBTQ+ charity MindOut to help raise awareness of its mental health services and provide access and support to staff and customers.
As well as hosting a round-table discussion with MindOut at its Brighton bar for LGBTQ+ employees, BrewDog has launched a 4.5% guava-infused Pride lager with 50p from each sale going directly to the charity. BrewDog is also offering 100% of profits from the sales of pronoun pin badges and Pride t-shirts to further support MindOut’s mission to improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ communities.
Brighton Gin has released a limited-edition Pride bottle to celebrate Pride and support the work of the Rainbow Fund, the Brighton and Hove-based grant-giving hub for local grassroots LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS organisations.
The new variant is available on its DTC webstore, at the Brighton i360 Shop and independent retailers priced at £39.50, with £1 from each bottle being donated to the Rainbow Fund.
Candy Kittens has announced its latest on-pack collaboration with LGBTQ+ artist Ashton Attzs for its Loves range. Partnering with The Albert Kennedy Trust, Candy Kittens is raising awareness of LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness, abuse, and rejection in the UK.
The Candy Kittens Loves range (rsp: £2.50/140g) is available from this month in Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Asda, Co-op, Selfridges, Booths, Whole Foods Market and its DTC website.
Crystal Head Vodka
Crystal Head Vodka’s 2023 Pride bottle
Crystal Head Vodka has launched a new ‘Paint Your Pride’ bottle available at Harvey Nichols (rsp: £60/700ml). Partnering with the Kaleidoscope Trust, a UK-based international LGBTQ+ human rights charity, the spirits retailer will donate a portion of sales from the limited-edition bottle.
In collaboration with its restaurant partners and the Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity supporting LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, Deliveroo is launching a campaign to offer free meals to vulnerable LGBTQ+ individuals facing homelessness or struggling to afford food and shelter. Coinciding with Pride month, the pilot scheme will be rolled out across 10 restaurant locations in London, Brighton, and Bristol.
To receive a free main course and additional support resources, members of the LGBTQ+ community experiencing homelessness need only mention “I’m a friend of Dorothy” or simply “Dorothy” before placing their order. The initiative, backed by Deliveroo, has already enlisted five LGBTQ+ owned eateries, including The Athenian, Club Mexicana, Smashing Plates, Tonkotsu, and Bleecker Burger, with the goal of addressing the growing issue of LGBTQ+ homelessness in the UK.
Lidl’s stall at Birmingham Pride 2023
Lidl sponsored the Birmingham Pride 2023 event at the start of the month, where it invited colleagues from across the country to ride on its Lidl Pride bus.
Petfood brand Lily’s Kitchen is donating 100% of profits from the sales of its Love & Pride recipes to LGBTQ+ mental health charity MindOut – for a total donation of £26,000. The two new SKUs are a dog’s cottage pie (rsp: £3.70/400g) and a cat’s pâté (rsp: £1.25/85g), available at Ocado, Pets at Home and the brand’s DTC webstore.
Madame F has launched a Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry into Sainsbury’s (rsp: £12, 11% abv). The brand was created in collaboration with LGBTQ+ charity Queer Britain.
Ocado Retail and Ocado Group will be attending London Pride with one of its ‘progress vans’ next month
Ocado has joined Career Accelerator’s LGBTQ+ business mentoring programme with five employees as mentors to students, helping prepare them for the world of work.
Ocado Retail and Ocado Group will be attending London Pride with one of its ‘progress vans’, which feature a likeness of the Progress Pride flag, next month.