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Costa Coffee and FareShare partnership provides the equivalent of 250,000 meals

2 June 2021

The partnership between Costa Coffee and FareShare has seen the equivalent of 250,000 meals distributed to frontline charities and community groups around the UK.

“Food waste is a huge challenge globally and we all have a part to play in reducing it. That is why Costa Coffee is proud to have partnered with FareShare since 2014 to help donate surplus food from our supply chain to incredible charities and community groups that support vulnerable people across the UK. In 2020 alone, FareShare helped us donate over 70 tonnes of food to groups up and down the country.

“All of this is part of Costa Coffee’s commitment to reducing waste wherever possible. Across our business, we follow the principles of the Food Waste Hierarchy to help tackle food waste. Our priority is always to prevent waste in the first place but, where it does happen, it is important to make sure it is managed correctly, and organisations like FareShare can help us achieve that.”

Costa Coffee spokesperson

Costa Coffee have been working with FareShare for several years to divert surplus food from their supply chain to help feed vulnerable people. In the last year they have increased the volume of food they divert to FareShare, helping us support people through the pandemic and providing 70 tonnes of food in 2020 alone.

FareShare have received a wide variety of surplus products from Costa Coffee throughout the partnership, including breakfast items, savoury snacks, yoghurts, juices and coffee. Diverting this food to FareShare has meant that these items, which might otherwise have gone to waste, can be distributed for their intended use, to feed people.

Costa Coffee also made use of FareShare’s Surplus with Purpose fund which allowed them to divert 21,000 cans from the Costa Coffee in a can range. The cans had not been labelled for distribution as they were used in product development trials, but the fund allowed Costa Coffee to re-label the products and divert them to frontline charities.

Emma Brown, Commercial Officer at FareShare said:

 “FareShare and Costa Coffee have been working together for many years and we appreciate their support. Our long-standing relationship meant that Costa Coffee supported us throughout the pandemic by sending good-to-eat surplus food regularly, which we could redistribute to vulnerable people throughout the UK. We look forward to seeing our partnership continue to grow.”

A Costa Coffee spokesperson, said:

“Food waste is a huge challenge globally and we all have a part to play in reducing it. That is why Costa Coffee is proud to have partnered with FareShare since 2014 to help donate surplus food from our supply chain to incredible charities and community groups that support vulnerable people across the UK. In 2020 alone, FareShare helped us donate over 70 tonnes of food to groups up and down the country.”

“All of this is part of Costa Coffee’s commitment to reducing waste wherever possible. Across our business, we follow the principles of the Food Waste Hierarchy to help tackle food waste. Our priority is always to prevent waste in the first place but, where it does happen, it is important to make sure it is managed correctly, and organisations like FareShare can help us achieve that.”

Find out more about Costa Coffee’s work here https://www.costa.co.uk/behind-the-beans

Thank you, Costa, you are true #foodheroes!