IPL (Internal Procurement and Logistics) and FareShare have been working together since 2011 to provide good quality produce that would otherwise go to waste to FareShare charity members.
IPL is the 2nd largest privately owned food processing business and the biggest single importer of produce in the UK. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Asda and therefore part of the Walmart Family.
IPL provides Asda with products within Produce, Ambient and Chilled as well as products in International Markets for Walmart and aims to provide a unique supply base capability to help Asda and Walmart with their mission of Save Money: Live Better.
Surplus IPL products appearing across the ASDA supply chain are delivered into the FareShare Regional Centre network. This is done by linking up with ASDA’s consolidation centres, which already captures their surplus food. This ensures efficiencies are maintained and additional road miles are avoided.
In addition, IPL diverts surplus products appearing at their Normanton site, which may no longer be commercially viable and may become waste. These products are delivered directly into our FareShare Regional Centre in Barnsley, FareShare Yorkshire, creating benefits for local projects and charities supplied by FareShare. As their FareShare partnership develops, IPL are also looking to replicate this model at their other sites at Spade Lane, Kent.
From April 2013 – December 2016, IPL has provided 786 pallets of surplus products to FareShare. That’s enough for over 1 million meals for people in need.
Colin Burcombe, FareShare Commercial Manager, says: “We are very pleased to partner with IPL to make sure that good quality produce is provided to our charity members. The food we get from IPL is of high quality and immensely important to the community groups to which we direct the food. These organisations support vulnerable people, including homeless people, children in breakfast clubs and older people in lunch clubs. Receiving fruit and veg really enables them to provide nutritious meals and additional support to help people back on their feet.”
Kellie Schofield, Group Responsible Sourcing Manager, says: “Here at IPL, we are committed to serving communities around the world. From working with smallholders to providing surplus food to amazing organisations like FareShare, we are always looking at ways in which we can give back.
“We’re striving to be a great place to work. We have a broad social responsibility portfolio and our colleagues should feel proud that the work they do contributes to helping people in need and to saving the planet.”