As the UK’s leading bakery food-on-the-go retailer, with over 1,700 retail outlets throughout the country and a “daily-fresh” approach to sandwich making and savoury baking, managing waste has to be a priority for Greggs.
Donations comprise a key part of Greggs award winning waste management strategy and so FareShare has been working with bakery company since 2005 to ensure good quality surplus bread isn’t wasted.
To maximise opportunities, Greggs has developed processes to ensure that unsold food is sent to where it’s most needed. For example, its Enfield bakery will consolidate unsold bread products from various shops and separate edible food from waste. The food suited for consumption is then delivered four mornings a week to the FareShare London Regional Centre, based in Deptford.
In Birmingham, a very local arrangement between FareShare West Midlands and the local Greggs bakery was maintained when a FareShare volunteer was no longer able to collect. To ensure FareShare still received the food, Greggs agreed to deliver the product.
The partnership has strengthened over the years and eight FareShare Regional Centres now receive surplus food from Greggs. This supply contributes to the overall needs of FareShare and its charity members, which include breakfast clubs, homeless shelters and lunch clubs for older people.
Raymond Reynolds, Retail Director of Greggs commented: “We work in partnership with a number of charities across the country, including FareShare to provide unsold food to charities and community groups who transform it into meals.
“Unsold food is returned to our bakeries and our dedicated team sort and pack ready for FareShare to collect and distribute to a number of their smaller charities across the UK. This is a partnership that continues to grow on a weekly basis, helping more and more vulnerable people.”