Mack (part of the Fresca Group*) supplies retail customers across the UK with a range of own label fresh fruit, salad crops and vegetables. FareShare works directly with their site in Paddock Wood, Kent where products are packed.
Discussions started in 2013 to explore how we could work together and initially some small volumes were diverted including occasional pallets when an unexpected overstock occurred. These productive links developed quickly and Mack has now embedded an industry leading process whereby surplus products are diverted to FareShare on a regular basis.
Historically products which didn’t meet customer specifications were sent to waste, included Anaerobic Digestion (AD). The fresh produce industry is very competitive, so FareShare really welcomed Mack implementing a process that continually diverts surplus products for redistribution to people.
In the four years since our partnership began (2013 – 2016), Mack has diverted the equivalent of over 590,000 meals to help feed hungry people supplied by the FareShare network.
More recently, following the opening of a new staff shop, FareShare is receiving surplus products that may appear on an ad-hoc basis alongside any available products rejected for quality purposes. FareShare had also welcomed volunteers from Mack into its London warehouse and this staff engagement project continues to develop.
Chris Mack, Executive Chairman, Fresca Group, speaking at the FareShare Surplus Food summit in London on 17th June 2015:
“We must stop denying that we have edible food waste and use our skills in supply chain to capture and redistribute much more fresh produce.
“Yes, supporting FareShare was initially a decision from the heart; it seemed the right thing to do, but we’ve quickly learned that our involvement has helped us to be a better business and it is something that all of those involved are very proud to be a part of.
“FareShare gives us the opportunity to manage our stock better, it obliges us to look at our product more intelligently, moving it on earlier rather than waiting for it to become waste.
“It brought to life the very real need for companies like us to take bigger steps to help identify and reroute the produce we previously chose to ignore.”
*The Fresca Group includes Thanet Earth, another partner of FareShare.