17th June 2015: FareShare brings together food industry and retailers for UK’s first ever Surplus Food Summit

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FareShare brings together food industry and retailers for UK’s first ever Surplus Food Summit

  • Summit to share best practice and demonstrate how good surplus food can feed people and change lives
  • Summit is supported by the British Retail Consortium, the Food and Drink Federation and the Fresh Produce Consortium
  • Speakers at the event include Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Nestlé and Kellogg’s
  • Follow the Summit on Twitter: #surplusfood

FareShare is today hosting the UK’s first ever Surplus Food Summit. The event will facilitate the sharing of best practice by food and retail businesses whilst at the same time engaging and enabling more companies to redistribute their surplus food to charity.

The Summit is supported by three national associations representing the industries involved:  the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC). Participants will hear from a range of speakers including senior executives from FareShare partner companies like Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Nestle and Kellogg’s.

At the Summit, FareShare will launch its new FareShare Food Efficiency Framework. This unique framework contains an easy to use eight-step approach guiding any food business on the journey to establish processes that will ensure their surplus food is identified as early as possible so that it can be made available for charity redistribution.

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare said: Today is about the industry coming together and making the commitment that no good food should be wasted. There are immense social, environmental and economical benefits to be reaped. We all have a part to play in ensuring that good food is used for its purpose and is redistributed to charities to help those people who need it the most.

We are proud to have the support of BRC, FDF and FPC, some of whose members have already engaged with FareShare to ensure processes are established within their operations to divert good food for people in need. We are immensely pleased to see such a broad range of food businesses turning up today to hear from industry leaders so that they can understand how they too can do the right thing with their surplus food.

BRC Director General Helen Dickinson said: “For British supermarkets, the first priority is to keep food surplus and food waste to an absolute minimum. While the overall proportion of waste occurring within supermarkets is relatively small, we will nevertheless continue working with our supply chain partners and consumers to reduce waste both along the supply chain and within the home. We are delighted to partner with FareShare for this important Summit, and we hope that in sharing best practice we can continue to ensure as much surplus food as possible goes to the people who need it most.

Ian Wright, Director General at the Food and Drink Federation, said: “We’re delighted to support the Surplus Food Summit with its aim of demonstrating best practice and collaboration in food redistribution. Preventing food waste is a key priority for food and drink manufacturers, enshrined in our environmental strategy. Where surpluses cannot be avoided, redirecting food to feed people should be a first consideration. We hope this event will encourage more food companies to ensure any surplus food is redistributed to people in need.

Nigel Jenney, Chief Executive of the Fresh Produce Consortium, said: Diverting surplus food can help people in need who don’t always have regular access to healthy fresh produce. We’re encouraging the fresh produce industry to work with organisations like FareShare, and to reduce waste in the supply chain.”

FareShare has just reported the biggest increase ever in surplus food it has received from the industry. In the last year, it received 7,360 tonnes from the food industry (a 33% increase on the previous year). This food was redistributed to 1,923 charities and community projects and contributed towards no fewer than 15.3 million meals.

FareShare estimates that there is enough surplus food available for 800 million meals and is seeking continued support from the industry to ensure more is diverted to feed vulnerable people in need.


Notes to the editor:

About FareShare

  • FareShare is a unique charity fighting hunger and its underlying causes by  providing food to more than 1,923 local charities and community organisations across the UK, including homeless shelters, children’s breakfast clubs, women’s refuge centres and luncheon clubs for the elderly, helping  to feed 149,000 people every week
  • By working in partnership with the food and retail industries, FareShare received 7,360 tonnes of food last year. The majority of this was surplus and would otherwise have gone to waste. This was mainly fresh produce, such as fruit, vegetables and meat
  • Last year FareShare redistributed enough food for 15.3 million meals, saving each charity an average of £13,000 a year
  • FareShare’s member charities prepare and serve the food onsite, offering their beneficiaries a hot, nutritious meal when they may otherwise go without

About the FareShare Food Efficiency Framework

  • The FareShare Food Efficiency Framework is an eight-step approach guiding food businesses to increase resource efficiency, reduce food waste and take proactive steps to support people experiencing food poverty. The framework is first and foremost a method assessment and, using it, businesses will be able to prepare and plan in advance for any potential food surplus within their business operations. The eight steps fall into 3 areas – Prepare, Share, Benefit.
  • The Framework is based on existing best practice within the UK and globally, and from FareShare’s extensive experience from working with a range of leading retailers, manufacturers, processors, packers and logistics companies. In developing the Framework, FareShare has received input and advice from the Food and Drink Federation.

www.fareshare.org.uk Follow us on twitter:  @FareShareUK                     Find us on facebook:  search ‘FareShare’

About British Retail Consortium (BRC)

  • Retail is an exciting, diverse and dynamic industry undergoing transformational change. The BRC is at the forefront – enhancing, assisting, informing and shaping. Our mission is to make a positive difference to the industry and to the customers it serves. Our broad range of stakeholders demonstrates how retailing touches almost every aspect of our culture. The BRC leads the industry and works with our members to shape debates and influence issues and opportunities that will help make that positive difference. We care about the careers of people who work in our industry, the communities retail touches and competitiveness as a fundamental principle of the industry’s success – our 3Cs.

www.brc.org.uk Twitter: @the_brc

About the Food and Drink Federation (FDF)

  • The Food and Drink Federation is the voice of the UK food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the country. Our sector directly employs around 400,000 people and our membership comprises manufacturers of all sizes as well as trade associations dealing with specific sectors of the industry.

www.fdf.org.uk  Twitter: @Foodanddrinkfed

About the Fresh Produce Consortium 

  • The Fresh Produce Consortium is the UK trade association for the fresh produce and cut flower industry. Extensive membership covers the whole spectrum of the industry, including growers, importers, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, processors, packers, food service companies and other allied organisations.

www.freshproduce.org.uk | www.fpcfreshtalkdaily.co.uk Twitter: @fpcfreshtalk

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