UK lagging behind France on food waste redistribution

By Laurence Gibbons

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The UK food and drink industry is lagging behind France with the amount of surplus food it send for redistribution, according to food redistribution charity FareShare.

The UK redistributes just 2% of fit for purpose food to charities, 20 times less than in France, FareShare’s ceo Lindsay Boswell told FoodManufacture.co.uk in this exclusive video.

Watch this video to see why Boswell attributed tax breaks, investment from government and a culture built up over time for France’s position above the UK.

However, he did say that with the right strategy in place, the UK could boost the amount of food sent to charity to 100,000t and save charities £250M a year.

25% by 2020

“If we had the right support, over five years we could get to a stage where 25% ​ 100,000t – of food per year is diverted to charity,”​ he claimed.

Also, find out how firms – regardless of their size – could donate surplus stock to FareShare.

Earlier this year, France passed a legislation banning supermarkets from throwing away or destroying waste food in a bid to tackle poverty and food waste.

Instead, they must send the surplus food to charities or animal feed.

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