Surplus food redistribution case studies

Many businesses have taken steps to develop innovative partnerships to facilitate an increase in the amount of surplus food they redistribute. Here we highlight some examples.

KFC

In 2015, KFC launched their Food Donation Scheme. 320 of their restaurants in the UK & Ireland now regularly donate food to local charity partners. To date, 100,000 meals have been provided to those who need it most.

Tesco              

Last year Tesco launched their  Community Food Connection (CFC) programme  which is now live in all 805 large Tesco stores and 122 convenience stores and has so far donated over 5 million meals worth of surplus food. The CFC programme will be rolling out to all Tesco stores in 2017 and has over 3,000 charities already signed up.

Neighbourly and Marks & Spencer

Neighbourly have created an online platform and messaging system and have built a network of charities and community groups nationally. Neighbourly launched the scheme with M&S through a phased roll-out which included an initial pilot.

OLIO and J. Sainsbury’s

OLIO has developed their “Food Waste Hero” (FWH) programme and piloted this innovative approach with Sainsbury’s.  The initial pilot project with Sainsbury’s saw 10,000 items of food being shared between neighbours over 6 months. The programme is now live in 6 Sainsbury stores, and at over 30 other retail locations, with plans for hundreds more.

Plan Zheroes

Plan Zheroes identified a need to make businesses and charities visible to each other to save time on research and communications. In 2011, thanks to RSA Catalyst Fund, they created their first online food map for central London.

Asda and Company Shop partnership

A review of Asda's existing redistribution process found a new way to divert food with less than 3 days life via Company Shop.

Morrisons

In 2015, Morrisons ran a successful surplus food redistribution trial in over 100 stores  to help develop a best practice model for redistribution. Stores were encouraged to find a local community partner that could utilise a variety of food including products just past ‘Best Before’ dates, fresh and frozen products. As a result, they rolled out the programme to the rest of their estate from the start of 2016.

Surplus food redistribution videos

Some quick links into video content showing how the various redistribution models work in practice:

KFC

Tesco  

Neighbourly and Marks & Spencer

OLIO and J. Sainsbury’s    

Plan Zheroes     

Asda

Morrisons