- 26%** of food waste in the UK comes from food manufacturing
- Asda to use its FareShare distribution network to divert up to 2600 tonnes of surplus which could become waste from manufacturers
- If 40 suppliers signed up Fareshare believe it could create an extra six million meals per year
- Pioneering scheme is an industry first and will make a big impact on food poverty in an announcement which Fareshare are calling a “game changer”
- Asda is calling on all retailers to follow its lead to help continue fight food poverty across the UK and cut levels of food waste.
Asda today (Sunday 7th December) announced that it is extending its award-winning* food redistribution initiative to target food waste created by UK food manufacturers. The charity FareShare hopes that this commitment from Asda will result in the diversion of extra 2600 tonnes of surplus fresh food that would otherwise become waste from Asda supply chain, which Fareshare believe could create six million more meals for people who seek the support of charities across the UK
Recent WRAP figures** show that 46% of food waste is from people’s homes whilst 26% comes directly from the food manufacturers, processors and packers. Only 3% is created in the retail environment, however Asda recognises that it has a part to play in ensuring waste is reduced across the food supply chain.Read more here