Fowler Welch teams up with FareShare to reduce food waste

20th October 2016

20 October 2016

Richard, volunteer London 2015, James Darling

 

Fowler Welch has teamed up with food redistribution charity FareShare to enable more surplus food to be used to provide meals for vulnerable people.

For the first stage of the partnership, the supply chain specialist will collect surplus stock from food businesses along the South Coast to which it delivers. The surplus food will be taken to one of FareShare’s 20 Regional Centres, to be redistributed to local charities and community groups that provide nutritious meals to vulnerable people. In future, there’s the potential for the scheme to be extended to the wider Fowler Welch network.

Winterbotham Darby is the first business to make use of Fowler Welch’s offer, resulting in the delivery of surplus bakery product into FareShare’s network. Food manufacturer, Higgidy has also signed up to the scheme, which offers a simple, effective and cost-free way to put surplus food to good use and make a real difference to people in need.

Nick Hay, CEO of Fowler Welch said; “No matter how efficient your business, food waste occurs for a range of reasons. Many companies are eager to help make a difference but may need some help to get their surplus food to the people who need it, so we are using our logistical expertise to help solve this problem.

“By offering our logistics services to FareShare, we can support businesses to reduce their food waste and help some of the 8.4million people in the UK who struggle to put enough food on the table*. Collections will happen at the same time as their usual service and their surplus food, which might otherwise to go waste, will then be delivered to FareShare, to provide a lifeline for disadvantaged people.”

Supporting food companies to ‘do the right thing’ with surplus

FareShare CEO, Lindsay Boswell added, “FareShare already works in partnership with hundreds of food companies across the UK, to help them redistribute their surplus food to people in need, yet we know there are many more businesses out there that would like to do the right thing with their surplus food but aren’t able to transport it to FareShare’s Regional Centres. We’re grateful to Fowler Welch for offering logistical support to clients along the South Coast, and hope this will encourage more businesses to work with us to redistribute their surplus to the people who need it most.”

Kerrie Mahon of Higgidy, one of the first businesses to sign up says, “We donate surplus items to FareShare on a regular basis and occasionally find ourselves in possession of more stock than FareShare can accommodate in our local area. With Fowler Welch’s input into the consolidation scheme, it makes the whole process a lot simpler so we will most definitely make more use of this service from now on.”

Sign up

To find our more about the Fowler Welch offer or to sign your business up to the scheme, please contact FareShare’s dedicated Food industry team at [email protected] or  020 7064 8911. If your business is eligible to benefit from the arrangement, collection details will then be agreed and confirmed by Fowler Welch.

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