The manufacturer, which already reported just 0.1% food waste across its UK sites, hoped to ensure any and all surplus food was donated for human consumption.
Tulip’s strategy would include improving production efficiencies throughout its sites, as well as supporting sites in their efforts to safely distribute surplus produce.
To this end, the processor has continued to work with redistribution charity FareShare to increase its surplus food contributions, building on the 37.4 tonnes of surplus product donated by the company in 2019 – equivalent to an estimated 90,049 meals.
Minimising environmental impact
Matt Dight, head of corporate social responsibility, said: “We will continue to review our operations to reduce and minimise our impact on the environment – as part of our sustainability strategy – to ensure we have a culture that supports our people, our animals and our planet.
“We’re proud to partner with FareShare … they are a fantastic asset for the food and drink industry to ensure that fit-for-consumption food is safely and securely redistributed to charities and community groups, instead of being wasted. We’re working closely with them at the moment to support with donations where possible to help people who need it most.”
FareShare food partners senior manager Les Golden thanked Tulip for their support in supplying a much-needed commodity.
Meat sought after
“Meat is one of FareShare's most sought-after products, especially in the face of the current crisis, and will help greatly in allowing the charities to provide healthy and nutritious meals for their clients,” said Golden.
A number of food manufacturers have stepped up their efforts to redistribute surplus food products in the past year.
In March, Morrisons announced it was to spend £10m to ramp up food production and send deliveries of ambient food to help restock the nation’s food banks during the coronavirus outbreak.
In February, fruit and vegetable producer Greenyard Frozen helped to create 80,000 meals for vulnerable people through its partnership with food charity FareShare.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic continues to inspire food industry innovation and support for the NHS and vulnerable consumers.