Supermarket Food Waste

Food waste is becoming a growing issue in the UK. The charity WRAP estimates that 15 million tonnes of food is thrown away every year. While only 1% is estimated to come from supermarkets, there has been lots of media focus on supermarket waste in recent months.

 

In January Asda started selling ‘Wonky Vegetable’ boxes in order to help reduce the amount of waste they produced. The boxes include seasonal vegetables that are misshapen or are a different size than average, and cost just £3.50. So far this seems very successful with many of the 128 stores taking part reporting selling out of the boxes very quickly.

 

Following on from this, Tesco has also recently announced that they will start selling “Perfectly Imperfect” vegetables in 200 stores. Tesco has also announced that they are extending their partnership with Fareshare, a food distribution charity, who work with community groups and charities to provide meals to vulnerable people, including the homeless, elderly and children.

 

While these schemes look positive in terms of reducing waste, there have been some criticisms over the high standards fruit and vegetables are held to in the first place. It is also worth remembering that a high proportion of food waste is created from households (for more tips on reducing your own food waste check out this previous blog post).

Sources

WRAP: http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/uk-handy-waste-facts-and-figures-retail-sector

Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/feb/05/asda-puts-uks-first-supermarket-wonky-veg-box-on-sale

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/mar/11/tesco-launch-wonky-veg-range-food-waste-fruit-vegetables

FareShare: http://www.fareshare.org.uk/about-us/

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  • Adam Waste

    Nice article! Many people do not realise food waste is becoming a growing issue in the entire world. The supermarkets issue can be solved very easy. The council can pass a law to obligate the business in waste collection. But what we can do about our waste at home. There are two main reasons why we throw away good food: we cook or prepare too much or we don’t use it in time. The foods we waste the most are fresh vegetables and salad, drink, fresh fruit, and bakery items such as bread and cakes. Every family should reduce their waste to minimum. If we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road.

    • 8:12 am - March 28, 2016

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