AMT Fruit have been working with FareShare since October 2015 to ensure that any citrus fruit which would otherwise to go waste in their operation is used to benefit people in need.
AMT Fruit are a supplier of fresh citrus fruit to Tesco. They import and pack products at their site in Newmarket, which they send to Tesco distribution centres across the UK, ready to dispatch to Tesco stores.
Following an introduction to FareShare from Tesco buyers, AMT Fruit attended a Supplier Day hosted by FareShare and Tesco to learn about our operation, and subsequently began providing FareShare with any lemons, oranges and satsumas that they were not able to sell as intended.
Citrus fruit can become surplus for a variety of reasons, such as being out of specification on quality, incorrect packaging, end of shelf life samples or variable forecasting. When situations like these occur, AMT Fruit offer this fruit to FareShare after all alternative commercial routes are exhausted.
As a result, all of FareShare’s 20 Regional Centres regularly receive deliveries of fresh surplus fruit from AMT, which are redistributed amongst a wide range of frontline charities across the UK.
Since our partnership began (October 2015 – Dec 2017), AMT Fruit have provided FareShare with over 430 tonnes of citrus fruit, enough to contribute towards 1,000,000 meals for people in need.
Supplying surplus product to FareShare has also helped AMT Fruit meet its waste reduction target. Recently, the company signed up to the Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3 which aims to ‘by 2030, halve per capita food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses’. Through working with FareShare, AMT Fruit has made great strides towards this target – in 2017 alone, the company reduced the food waste total in their UK operation by some 280 tonnes, representing a 10% reduction overall.
AMT Fruit continue to be an advocate for FareShare, by presenting at subsequent Tesco Supplier Days, to promote the benefits of working with FareShare and to encourage more Tesco suppliers to come on board.
AMT Fruit employees have also supported FareShare by volunteering at Tesco stores during the Food Collection. The UK’s largest food drive invites Tesco customers to donate long-life cupboard essentials, such as rice, pasta, tea and coffee, during their shop. This food is used by FareShare to complement the predominantly fresh food that we receive from our food partners.
Naomi Pendleton, Head of Technical states: “Everyone that works at AMT Fruit is passionate about fresh produce and good nutrition. Our growers around the world put a huge amount of effort and expertise into growing their crop and it always pains us to waste perfectly useable food. Our partnership with FareShare means that what would otherwise be classed as waste, can now turn into something positive that provides essential nutrition for the people who need it most.”
Colin Burcombe, Commercial Manager at FareShare says: “We are really proud to be working with AMT Fruit to put their surplus citrus products to the best possible use. The frontline charities we support are always in need of fresh produce to provide vital nutrition to the people they support. Working with AMT Fruit helps us to ensure that the most vulnerable people in society are able to access good quality, nutritious food.”
If you’re a company with surplus food contact our Food Team to find out more.
T: 020 7064 8911
“Our partnership with FareShare means that what would otherwise be classed as waste, can now turn into something positive that provides essential nutrition for the people who need it most.”
Head of Technical at AMT Fruit