Surplus food & food waste disposal









Ways we are reducing waste to cut your grocery bills and help the planet


Reducing food waste is a top priority for our business - it makes good commercial and environmental sense. We do not want any food that is fit for consumption going to waste. However, we recognise there is more to be done. We have made significant progress in minimising waste: this includes improving our employee shopping policy, investing in our ordering systems, appointing A new waste contractor and donating more surplus stock from our stores to the local community. Read on to find out how we are improving food waste in our operations and supply chain, and how we can help you in the home.



1. Operational waste

We want all of our food to be eaten - whether that’s by our customers, Partners (employees) or those in need in our local communities.  We work hard to predict how much food we will need; but there are times when there is unavoidable surplus. Our ambition is for all our shops and depots 
to have an arrangement in place with a local organisation (such as a charity or social enterprise) that can take any surplus food that is still good to eat.

Where this is not achievable, as a last resort food and other organic matter (including horticultural waste and spent coffee grounds) are sent to generate energy through Anaerobic Digestion. This has been our policy since 2012. We have achieved this through better stock management and training, price reductions, and improved data and waste management practices. We refreshed our Partner shopping offer at the beginning of 2017 to include a further reduction of 25% off items on their last day of life. All our branches offer this to Partners.

Courtauld Commitment

In 2016 we donated £1,445,088 worth of surplus food to local charities
and social enterprises. In addition to donating surplus food, we are
also supporting food charities with additional resource through our Community Matters scheme. We believe this helps our charities,
such as FareShare, do more with our food.

Working with FareShare


In March 2017 we started a new relationship with FareShare FoodCloud. This provides a national platform enabling more of our branches to donate to charity.

Visit FareShare

FareShare donations tracker:

Fareshare donations tracker

of donated food

Fareshare donations tracker

meals equivalent

Fareshare donations tracker

collections made

2. Supply chain

We have long term relationships with our dedicated suppliers in the UK and abroad. We work closely with our meat, fish, dairy, egg and milk farmers and suppliers to minimise waste and commit to buying the whole raw product.

Little Less Than Perfect

In February 2016, we launched the ‘Little less than perfect’ range 
of misshapen seasonal vegetables in 40 branches. The grade 
two vegetables come in larger bags and include carrots, potatoes, 
onions and parsnips which have imperfections.

Little less than perfect

Since its launch, we have sold 183 tonnes of potatoes, 155 tonnes of carrots, 63 tonnes of onions and 37 tonnes of parsnips which are a ‘Little less than perfect’, and weare working with suppliers to extend the range to include peppers, leeks, berries and courgettes.

Shop little less than perfect

3. Households

We are also committed to tackling the challenge of food waste 
arising in the home. As part of this commitment, we are actively supporting WRAP’s consumer campaign Love Food Hate Waste

Find out some of the ways we are already helping customers get 
the most from the food they buy and reduce food wastage, including 
smart freezer hacks, top food waste tips and delicious recipes 
to use up what you have at home.

How to reduce food waste