Reducing Food Waste
Every type of food production has an impact to our planet, so reducing food waste should be a priority for us all as we take steps to reduce our impact on the world around us. In addition, statistics from FareShare (the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste) state that 8.4 million people in the UK are struggling to afford to eat.
A 2015 review of food waste and disposal routes at Arla identified that a significant quantity of food was being wasted in our UK warehouses. The reasons for this were perfectly understandable, it was the cost of doing business, with additional stock required to accommodate frequent late changes in demand – an inevitable consequence of our commitment to good customer service.
But wasting good food was simply not good enough so we set up a team to tackle this situation and a decision was made to partner with FareShare, the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste.
That partnership continues to this day and as a business, finding new ways to reduce unnecessary food waste remains a priority. In 2016, Arla provided 171 tonnes of food to FareShare – that’s enough for 271,000 meals. By the end of 2018 we had increased that support to Fareshare, providing 424 tonnes of food, enough to make just over 1,000,000 meals for people in need.