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The latest data estimates that in the UK, 10 million tonnes of food is wasted from the time it leaves the farm to being consumed and 60% of this is avoidable. We believe this is simply unacceptable.
Creating the change we need to successfully tackle food waste in the long term isn’t easy and requires industry-wide commitment and collaboration. That’s why in 2016 we joined retailers, manufacturers, local authorities and others across the industry in becoming a signatory to WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment 2025 to work collectively to reduce food and drink waste by 20%.
Feed It Back
As a major supermarket, inevitably there are instances where we are unable to sell all the food that has been delivered to our stores. For us, it’s important that this food surplus is redistributed to good causes. That’s why, in 2017, we launched our national food redistribution programme called the Feed It Back network.
‘Too Good to Waste’ boxes
Most recently we have introduced ‘Too Good to Waste’ boxes, containing items that are no longer considered at their perfect best, but are still perfectly good to eat.
Our trial is taking place across selected Lidl stores and has been designed to tackle fruit and veg waste in store, which is one of the biggest contributors to supermarket food waste and could, if rolled out nationwide, help save 10,000 tonnes of surplus produce a year.