Booker’s food waste efforts save more 300,000 meals from being dumped
Booker’s food waste scheme has saved more than 300,000 meals from being thrown away in the last year, says the symbol group.
More than 500 Premier, Londis and Budgens stores around the UK are signed up to reduce food waste through the partnership with food waste organisation Too Good to Go.
The scheme works through an app that allows shoppers to search for and buy “magic bags” containing surplus food.
The contents of each bag differ from store to store and day to day but guarantees to deliver three times’ worth of value.
Over the course of the past 12 months, the initiative is said to have saved more than 135,000 kilograms of food going to waste, the equivalent of 323,293 meals. This constituted a CO2 saving of 337 tonnes, the equivalent of 503 return flights from London to New York, it added.
Catherine Marston, sustainability manager at Booker, said: “I am proud of our symbol group retailers who have taken the opportunity to reduce their food waste through the sale of magic bags.
“In addition to being environmentally friendly, it helps families to reduce their outgoings – which has never been more important – and underpins our values to support communities and the planet.”
Jamie Crummie, co-founder of Too Good To Go, said: “It has been fantastic to see our partnership with Booker’s customers go from strength to strength as we hit this great milestone.
“Not only is reducing food waste one of the most important things we can do to fight climate change, but it also allows for people to try out delicious food in an affordable way.”
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