Our Work With Costa Coffee

The partnership between FareShare and Costa Coffee ensures that surplus food from Costa’s supply chain is helping support vulnerable families and individuals and not going to waste.

Through the partnership, which began in 2014 Costa Coffee are able to divert a varied range of items including savoury snacks, yoghurts, breakfast items, juices and coffee to charities and community groups.

They follow the principles of the food waste hierarchy at each stage of the food’s lifecycle, and their partnership with FareShare fits perfectly into this strategy. They know that when surplus does occur, it can be used in a positive way in communities across the country.

Across the Costa Coffee business, from their offices to their supply chain, they have a commitment to support local communities wherever they are. They know their team members are passionate about supporting the local communities they serve up and down the UK and knowing that that same passion is brought to life through their work with FareShare helps build a real positive feeling throughout their organisation.

The partnership has also enabled innovative use of FareShare’s Surplus with Purpose fund, which allowed Costa Coffee to further reduce waste in their supply chain by covering the costs of relabelling cans from product development trials, to enable them to be diverted them to frontline charities.

“Food waste is a huge challenge globally and we all have a part to play in reducing it. That is why Costa Coffee is proud to have partnered with FareShare since 2014 to help donate surplus food from our supply chain to incredible charities and community groups that support vulnerable people across the UK.

“In 2020 alone, FareShare helped us donate over 70 tonnes of food to groups up and down the country. All of this is part of Costa Coffee’s commitment to reducing waste wherever possible. Across our business, we follow the principles of the Food Waste Hierarchy to help tackle food waste.

“Our priority is always to prevent waste in the first place but, where it does happen, it is important to make sure it is managed correctly, and organisations like FareShare can help us achieve that.”

Joshua Keating UK&I Community Manager