Health & Wellbeing
The finest Pure Basmati is central to our product ranges, known for being the premium rice in terms of its versatility and healthy characteristics. These include being low-medium GI, naturally gluten free & a natural carbohydrate. Pure Basmati is the central ingredient in our ready to heat recipe pouches, of which taste and nutrition are of fundamental importance. All variants are pre-steamed – the most natural unobtrusive cooking method, gluten free, free from artificial flavours, colours and preservatives and use the best quality ingredients.
The ready to heat range aims to cover the flavour spectrum, and introduce new on-trend ingredients in an accessible way. Therefore, catering for all pallets from plainer variants to zesty, aromatic, light, wholesome and spicy recipes. Being so versatile Basmati combines extremely well with all flavours, hence often referred to as ‘the sociable rice’. The variants all have the ingredients in the right amounts creating delicious, quick and nutritious dishes in 2 minutes.
Overtime, we have further improved nutritional delivery and reduced salt content – many variants are now salt free. All Tilda products are also gluten free and vegetarian – many are suitable for a vegan diet as well. More recently, we have increased the number of wholegrain Basmati variants we have in the range, making wholegrain with its additional fibre more accessible. Our Tilda Kids range in convenient pouches is especially tailored to young pallets and also provides 1 of their daily vegetable portions – 1-of-your-5-a-day.
Health and wellbeing continues to be a key focus in the recipe inspiration we provide and in the new ranges and products we introduce. New Tilda Pulses & Rice combines healthy pulses, Basmati and other delicious good-for-you ingredients, providing a source of protein and fibre, and 1-of-your-5-a-day.
With all of the ranges we create recipes to further inspire cooking and making healthy food choices. For those that want to cook from scratch there are a host of delicious recipes using our Pure Basmati, Wholegrain Basmati and other dry rice. For those with less time there are ideas on how to further use ready to heat ranges from quick serving suggestions to straight-forward recipes where they can be used as a key ingredient in a larger main dish.
Tilda is committed to safeguarding the long-term sustainability of Basmati rice farming. Basmati rice is a slow-growing crop with comparatively low yields. It is typically produced on small-scale family farms and is vulnerable to climate which is why it can only be grown in specific regions of India and Pakistan.
We know every agricultural practice has some impact on the environment and Tilda has a long standing commitment to reducing the environmental impact of basmati rice farming. In order to address the challenges associated with Basmati rice cultivation in 1983 Tilda established the Farmer’s Advisory Cell (FACE) an agricultural extension service providing advice to farmers throughout the growing season and access to certified Pure Basmati seed on a not-for-profit basis. FACE is entirely funded by Tilda and yet farmers are not obliged to sell their rice to Tilda in return for accessing this service.
Tilda also established the Foster Farm to identify optimal growing techniques to reduce the application of inputs such as water and fertiliser. The benefits of this practical knowledge was shared with farmers via the Tilda outreach programme: FACE. Farmers can trust the knowledge gained on the farm because only techniques that had been proven over three seasons were passed on, so farmers were less exposed to risk.
Basmati rice cultivation has enjoyed tremendous success over the last 20 years as the popularity of this rice continues to grow. In Haryana State, where much of Tilda’s Basmati rice is sourced, basmati generates the best return for farmers. This is because there is high demand for Basmati rice on the international market.
Today farmers are faced with new challenges. To this end, Tilda is funding a direct-seeding project on 50 farms covering over 100 hectares which will reduce water consumption by up to 30% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Rice cultivation and rice milling produces many useful by products:
• Hay from the field feeds the cattle;
• Woody husks from the paddy rice are used as bedding under grass in children’s playgrounds or as biofuel for electricity and the ash is then used for bricks to build houses;
• Bran layers that are removed during milling to produced white rice contain high levels of vitamin B and other minerals, this ‘rice bran’ is used as a nutritious ingredient in animal feed for thoroughbred horses
• Any Basmati grains that are broken during the rice milling process are removed during the milling process
So truly nothing is wasted.
Tilda is a member of Sedex Global – an independent not for profit body which audits the ethical performance and transparency of our supply chain and covers:
• Labour Standards
• Health and Safety
• The Environment
• Business Ethics
In the latest reporting year Tilda achieved a score of 100%.
Tilda is now part of the Sustainable Rice Platform which is a multi-stakeholder platform co-convened by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the International Rice Research Institute to promote resource efficiency and sustainability in trade flows, production and consumption operations, and supply chains in the global rice sector.
You can find out more about the SRP here:
click here to visit the Sustainable Rice website
Everyone at Tilda is committed to constant improvement and achieving a sustainable supply chain.