AMT Fruit Provides 1 Million Meals to FareShare

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23 February 2018

AMT Fruit has hit the milestone of providing more than one million meals worth of surplus fruit to FareShare.

The company is part of the Munoz group and the sole supplier of citrus fruit to Tesco. Following an introduction brokered by Tesco in 2015, AMT Fruit has regularly supplied FareShare with any citrus fruit they cannot sell as originally intended due to being out of specification, packaged incorrectly or variations in forecast.

FareShare redistributes this surplus fruit to frontline charities and community groups across the UK that support vulnerable people, providing a vital source of nutrition to people who would otherwise struggle to access fresh produce. To date, over 1,700 individual charities have directly benefited from AMT’s surplus fruit.

Naomi Pendleton, Head of Technical at AMT Fruit says: “Fresh produce suppliers are constantly looking for ways in which to put their surplus stock to good use and reduce their food waste each year. As a dedicated business for Tesco, supporting their commitment to reduce food loss and waste, we have recently 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’.

“FareShare has helped us hugely in working towards this target and in 2017 alone, we reduced our food waste total in the UK by some 280 tonnes representing a 10% reduction overall. This produce in turn supported over 1,700 frontline charities, a figure that everyone in our business can be proud of.”

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare says: AMT Fruit has been supporting FareShare with regular deliveries of surplus fruit for over two years now. Fresh fruit is always a top priority for FareShare to source and with such great nutritional value, it is really welcome by the charities we supply. We greatly appreciate the support from everyone at AMT Fruit and look forward to working even closer together in the future.

Want to know more about our partnership with AMT? Read our full case study here