A Successful Surplus Food Summit

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Food industry explores how surplus food can feed people and change lives

On Thursday 17th June we held the first ever FareShare Surplus Food Summit, in partnership with the British Retail Consortium, the Food and Drink Federation and the Fresh Produce Consortium.

We had a great turnout and it was a pleasure to be able to bring together so many organisations and individuals who share our passion for ensuring surplus food is redistributed. The event was a great success with many highlights (storify).

Speakers sharing best practice

We had some really inspiring speakers from the retail, manufacturing and fresh produce sectors who spoke with honesty about the challenges of managing unsold food within their business. They were also prepared to share the systems and solutions that can be put in place to redistribute surplus stock via FareShare to help feed people in need.

A number of our partners highlighted that working with FareShare to redistribute their surplus stock has really helped engage and motivate their employees who are keen  to support people in need within their local communities. The huge potential for collaboration from across sectors came through strongly, and we welcome any thoughts on how to really move this forward.

Launch of the FareShare Food Efficiency Framework

Our ambition is to equip food businesses with the tools needed to do their part to help feed people in need, whether they are taking their first steps or are already engaged but want to  do more. We were proud to  to launch the FareShare Food Efficiency Framework at the event, which aims to help businesses prepare, share and benefit from the redistribution of unsold food.

We saw some really positive response throughout the day, including some fantastic pledges of support from companies that are keen to put their surplus food to good use.

With a final appearance on the day by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who showed a film of his visit to FareShare Merseyside  and our charity member The Unity, we hope that hearing success stories from right across the food and drink industry left everyone feeling confident about the many benefits of charity redistribution and full of inspiration, ideas and practical solutions for making it happen.

Anyone interested in getting involved should contact the food team on foodoffers@fareshare.org.uk.

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


Panel discussion with, l-r, Alice Ellison (BRC), Matt Wood (Senior Director – Supply, Asda), Matt Simister (Commercial Director – Fresh Food and Commodities, Tesco) and Paul Crewe (Head of Sustainability, Energy & Engineering, Sainsbury’s).

Andrew Shaw from Nestlé adds to our pledge wall.


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