Lactalis Mclelland partners with FareShare to reduce food waste

14th December 2017

Lactalis partners with FareShare

Leading cheese manufacturer Lactalis McLelland has embarked on an innovative food waste reduction partnership with FareShare.

Lactalis McLelland’s supply chain team has been working with FareShare UK on the development of a surplus management process to ensure that excess stock is distributed to vulnerable people across the UK rather than going to waste.

All Lactalis McLelland’s in-date surplus cheese, including both branded and own label products, is now being sent to FareShare UK’s network of Regional Centres.

FareShare redistributes the Lactalis McLelland products to hundreds of frontline charities and community projects nationally. Products currently included in the arrangement include: Seriously®, Galloway®, Orkney®, President® and Galbani®.

“Our primary objective will always be to perfectly match supply and demand. However, from time to time operational challenges give rise to excess product that cannot be utilised in normal channels,” said Mark Taylor, CEO and Group Managing Director for Lactalis McLelland UK & Ireland. “We are therefore delighted to partner with FareShare UK to ensure that our surplus stock is used to feed those that need it most.”

“We consider ourselves to be a forward thinking and responsible business focused on continual improvement. We actively seek opportunities to minimise our environmental impact and positively contribute to the communities in which we operate.

“No food that is safe for human consumption should go to waste and through our partnership with FareShare UK we are able to ensure that all our surplus cheese – and, going forward, our butter and milk – is re-directed to fantastic initiatives such as homeless hostels, lunch clubs for older people and community centres.”

FareShare took its first delivery of cheese from Lactalis McLelland last month.

Lactalis McLelland’s Logistics Contract Manager Catalina McMillan, who has led the project, said: “I am proud to have been part of this important initiative – it has been a genuine team effort and lots of people across many departments have worked hard to make this happen.”

Commenting on the partnership, Michael Shields, Commercial Manager at FareShare UK said: “Even the most efficient business will from time to time have food that cannot be sold as intended. We really value Lactalis McLelland’s proactive approach to its surplus food, recognising what products might otherwise go to waste and working closely with FareShare UK to divert this food to vulnerable people instead. Thanks to our partnership, the frontline charities we support can receive a regular supply of top quality, versatile dairy products, which they can use in a wide variety of nutritious meals.”

 

“No food that is safe for human consumption should go to waste and through our partnership with FareShare UK we are able to ensure that all our surplus cheese – and, going forward, our butter and milk – is re-directed to fantastic initiatives such as homeless hostels, lunch clubs for older people and community centres.” Mark Taylor, CEO and Group Managing Director for Lactalis McLelland UK & Ireland

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