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Waitrose to donate surplus food to charity

Waitrose has committed to donating surplus food from all of its branches to UK charities by the end of 2012.


Waitrose to donate surplus food to charity

Waitrose has committed to donating surplus food from all of its branches to UK charities by the end of 2012.

The grocer said this would be its preferred route for any unsold food still fit for consumption, helping it to achieve its goal of diverting 100% of its food waste from landfill by the end of the year.

Quentin Clark, head of sustainability and ethical sourcing at Waitrose, explained: "This latest commitment will help us strengthen our support for local communities, at the same time as reducing our impact on the environment. Of course, it is not in our business interest to produce any surplus food, but inevitably some does occur and it's fantastic that we can now tell our customers that it is all being put to good use."

Waitrose said some of its shops already had agreements in place to donate surplus food to charities in their local areas.  It is also working with Esther Community Enterprise which collects surplus food from 30 of Waitrose shops around the country for distribution in the local communities.  These arrangements will continue under the new commitment.

June Ross-Wildman, founder of ECE, commented: "Our partnership with Waitrose continues to provide a much needed service to our communities across the UK, by donating good surplus food to those that are struggling in this time of austerity. ECE volunteers are committed to supporting retailers in their quest to end food inequality."

Any surplus food from Waitrose shops that is not fit for consumption will continue to be sent to AD plants to be converted into renewable energy and fed back into the national grid.


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