Food redistributor FareShare is launching a Food Efficiency Framework to encourage businesses to redistribute surplus food to charities.
The programme includes an eight-step process to ensure surplus food is identified early so it can be redistributed.
The framework was launched at FareShare’s first Surplus Food Summit, which is backed by the British Retail Consortium, the Food and Drink Federation and the Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC), and included representatives from the major supermarkets.
FareShare received 7,360 tonnes from the industry in the past year, the largest quantity of surplus food donated to date. This was a 33% increase on the previous year, and was sent on to 1,923 charities and community projects.
Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of FareShare, left, said: “We all have a part to play in ensuring that good food is used for its purpose and is redistributed to charities to help those people who need it the most.”
Nigel Jenney, FPC chief executive, added: “Diverting surplus food can help people in need who don’t always have regular access to healthy fresh produce. We are encouraging the fresh produce industry to work with organisations like FareShare, and to reduce waste in the supply chain.”
The launch of the scheme follows the announcement that Tesco and FareShare have collaborated on a trial scheme to use an app to alert charities about excess food.