Restaurant chains Zizzi and ASK are switching from Italian to British suppliers of mozzarella amid concerns over Brexit and the environment, it can be revealed.
Azzurri, which is the parent company of both brands, has taken the decision as fears grow that a hard Brexit will disrupt food supply into the UK.
Kathryn Turner, director of food development at Zizzi, told the Press Association that the food miles of ingredients were also a consideration.
The new product, which is made from Welsh milk, also passed a blind tasting test by senior Azzurri staff.
“It has better stretch, a better flavour profile, it’s much creamier, it has a lot better quality product,” Ms Turner said.
The new mozzarella has already been introduced in ASK restaurants and will be part of the Zizzi menu in the new year.
It is the latest move by a food and drink company to reduce the potential for disruption after Brexit.
As the Press Association revealed in September, Swedish cider maker Kopparberg is looking into moving some production to the UK.
Meanwhile, businesses including Premier Foods, Quorn, and even Fortnum & Mason have said they will stockpile some products in case of delays at the border.
Earlier this month Zizzi opened its first site in China, as part of a wider international expansion plan. Its new site in Shanghai is expected to be the first of several.