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Company Shop backs a collective vision for food redistribution


16/01/2017


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Courtauld Commitment 2025 business signatories have today announced that they are aiming to double the amount of food surplus they send for redistribution, and help other companies further increase the level of unsold food redistributed, by 2020.

Company Shop backs a collective vision for food redistribution

Courtauld Commitment 2025 business signatories have today announced that they are aiming to double the amount of food surplus they send for redistribution, and help other companies further increase the level of unsold food redistributed, by 2020. The signatories*, which includes many of the UK’s largest grocery retailers and food & drink manufacturers as well as hospitality & food service businesses, are collaborating with WRAP to ensure that where food surpluses cannot be avoided redistribution is the first option considered.

To communicate this drive, signatories have agreed a collective redistribution ‘ambition’ to work towards:

     ‘The Courtauld Commitment 2025 (C2025) is an ambitious voluntary agreement that brings together organisations across the UK food system - from producer to consumer - to reduce food and drink waste by 20% by 2025.

     Our shared vision is that, where food surpluses cannot be avoided, all UK food and drink companies should seek to redistribute surplus food ahead of any other option.

     As part of C2025, business signatories including leading retailers, manufacturers, and food redistribution organisations have agreed an ambition to work collaboratively with WRAP to double the amount of surplus food they redistribute by 2020 against a 2015 baseline’.

Based on a 2015 baseline of surplus food redirected by the current Courtauld 2025 business signatories, this will mean levels are likely to double tonnes within five years. That equates to enough food to prepare an additional 60 million meals, worth an estimated £60 million a year.

The ambition will help raise wider awareness amongst business partners within Courtauld 2025 signatories’ supply chains, and help encourage wider industry action. Signatory businesses will work with their suppliers to redistribute more food - retailers working with the manufacturers that supply them and trade associations encouraging their members to redistribute more.

To help facilitate this ambition, WRAP has today published a number of new case studies from Courtauld Commitment 2025 members, including an overview of the Asda and Company Shop partnership, to demonstrate what effective collaboration looks like:

  • An Asda and Company Shop partnership. A review of the Asda existing redistribution process found a new way to divert food with less than 3 days life via Company Shop. In addition to the 5 million meals redistributed through their existing 3 year partnership with FareShare, Asda has donated further surplus food to make over 110,000 meals through their collaboration with Company Shop; and

The Courtauld 2025 Redistribution Working Group, which Company Shop is a part of, will continue to identify ways to overcome barriers to redistribution, share best practice and develop new guidance and tools. 

WRAP is also working to increase the signatory base of Courtauld 2025, which will increase the impact of the ambition over the coming years. WRAP will monitor and report food redistributed by Courtauld 2025 signatories and at a national level - with charitable and commercial routes to be reported separately for the first time - to enable progress to be measured.