IGD launches resources to help industry accelerate food surplus redistribution

30 July 2021

FareShare has been included as part of new online hub, featuring practical tools to help food businesses increase the amount of food that is redistributed.

With over 500 Food Partners across the industry, we are very proud at FareShare to be the UK’s largest food redistribution, working closely with the food industry to tackle food waste.

With 16% of adults (one in six people) across England, Wales and Northern Ireland experiencing food insecurity,[1] IGD is an important part of helping to drive positive change on food redistribution and have launched new online resources to help businesses accelerate the amount of food that is redistributed.

Joining forces with Ben Elliot, Food Surplus and Waste Champion for Defra, WRAP, industry and redistributors to create these new resources, IGD provide the compelling business case for redistribution, advice on how redistribution partners can help businesses tackle food waste and impactful, practical tools to help accelerate redistribution.

Susan Barratt, IGD CEO, said: “Even the most efficient food businesses generate unsold surplus food. The first priority for any business is to reduce the amount of surplus it generates. For any remaining surplus, there’s an opportunity to redistribute, which covers a range of channels including commercial outlets, charities and community groups. By increasing the amount of food we redistribute, our industry has an enormous opportunity to drive positive change and be a force for good.

“There’s also a compelling business case. We know that reducing food loss and waste is a key opportunity for businesses to achieve Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, driving efficient supply chains and reducing waste should be a priority for businesses; it makes financial sense, helps communities, and reduces the impact on the planet.”

This is the second phase of IGD’s work on redistribution, with a guide for industry launched in May. Feedback from the guide has helped IGD shape this new set of online resources, to make them as useful as possible.

You can find out more about working with FareShare, along with a host of other redistribution partners, on the hub too!

Take a look at the new hub here or contact sustainability@igd.com to get in touch.

  1. 16% of adults (one in six people) across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are experiencing food insecurity
    [Source: https://www.food.gov.uk]

This web story is based on a press release from IGD here.