FareShare launches innovative programme tackling store-level food waste

11 March 2016

Friday 11 March 2016

  • FareShare, the UK food redistribution charity, is rolling out a comprehensive and innovative programme to reduce food waste at store-level
  •  National roll out of FareShare FoodCloud with Tesco will redirect surplus food from Tesco stores to provide millions of meals to local charities and community groups across the UK
  • The number of charities and community groups receiving food is expected to increase to 5,000 over the next year as a result of this project

FareShare has developed a unique store-level scheme to address food waste with Tesco and Irish social enterprise FoodCloud, combining the use of clever technology and on the ground support to deliver a simple and safe solution.

Following a successful trial in 14 Tesco stores in 2015, a UK-wide roll out is now in progress with 124 Tesco stores participating and all large stores targeted to take part in 2016.

Stores upload information about their unsold surplus food and send a text message to the charities they have been matched with telling them what’s available. The charity then picks up the food for free, turning it into meals for local people in need.

FareShare FoodCloud is the result of a unique three-way partnership bringing the charity, social enterprise and commercial sectors together. FareShare brings its knowledge of the UK charity food redistribution market and its experience of providing food. FoodCloud brings its knowledge of the technology and online applications needed to connect businesses with surplus food. Tesco brings the people and technology required to deliver a reliable and well-managed programme, and is the first retailer to invest in, and roll out, FareShare FoodCloud.

FareShare has a network of 20 Regional Centres with dedicated staff experienced in the store-level contact and management required to make the programme work. FareShare safely matches charities and community groups with a suitable Tesco store and ensures they are continuously supported in getting the most out of their local collections.

FareShare FoodCloud has been developed for UK roll out based on FareShare’s extensive work with organisations and stakeholders to explore food safety, technology solutions and the right levels of support to create the optimum solution. Charity partners were also consulted throughout the process to ensure that the solution best matched the needs of the voluntary sector. Tesco has spent considerable time and investment to develop their internal processes and technology to create a reliable and consistent programme.

FareShare is now in discussion with a number of other leading retailers to develop similar programmes that leverage FareShare’s focus on supporting both the voluntary sector and providing food retailers with reassurance and compliance that meets their needs. National supermarket chains looking to reduce their store level food waste should contact FareShare to find out more.

FareShare UK CEO Lindsay Boswell said: “We are excited to be launching our store-level solution with Tesco who are demonstrating real leadership and commitment to tackling food waste.

“FareShare FoodCloud is an expansion of our wider work redistributing good quality surplus food to charities and community groups.

“As an experienced charity with over 20 years working collaboratively with the food industry, we have designed a programme with the expectation that more retailers will work with us to develop similar models.”

FareShare FoodCloud is the latest innovation in FareShare’s work with Tesco to access their surplus food. The partnership spans four years and includes activities that make food available from the Tesco supply chain, Distribution Centres and Dotcom centres. This has seen nine million meals of surplus food redistributed to support over 2,200 charities and community groups across the UK.