12 July 2017
The British Poultry Council, who represent nearly 90% of the UK poultry meat sector (that’s chicken, turkey, duck, and goose), are supporting FareShare to ensure that surplus poultry products are used to feed people in need, rather than go to waste.
The issues of food waste and food poverty are more prevalent now than ever before. According to the latest figures released by WRAP, the UK food industry wastes 1.1 million tonnes of food and drink a year, all of which is avoidable. The meat, poultry and fish manufacturing sector are the second highest contributors to this waste, with 160,000 tonnes of avoidable food waste occurring per year.* That’s enough meat products for over 380 million meals going to waste every year.
FareShare is already working closely with a number of the British Poultry Council’s members to redistribute their surplus poultry meat to frontline charities. But there is so much more we can do. Good quality protein is always in high demand by the charities and community groups we support. And so with the backing of the British Poultry Council, we hope to access even more surplus poultry, so our charity members can provide wholesome, nutritious meals for the people they support.
British Poultry Council Chief Executive, Richard Griffiths, said:
“We are pleased to support surplus food redistribution charity FareShare to ensure surplus poultry meat produced up and down our country is used to feed people in need and doesn’t go waste.
“Our partnership with FareShare aims to raise awareness and encourage poultry meat businesses to take action while ensuring that vulnerable people have access to the safe, wholesome, and nutritious food which our farmers and processors are proud to produce.”
Mark Varney, Director of Food at FareShare explains:
“We are thrilled to be working closely with the British Poultry Council to raise awareness of FareShare and our work with their members. No one wants to see good food thrown away, and by redistributing it you know that food is going to people who need it. It’s not just consumers but employees who value companies who do the right thing with the food that can’t be sold as originally intended.
“With the support from the British Poultry Council we hope to see more poultry manufacturers come on board and work with us to put their surplus products to the best possible use.”
FareShare’s work will also be showcased at the forthcoming British Poultry Awards on 14 September 2017.