The manufacturer will work closely with FareShare to redistribute products and ingredients from its four UK manufacturing sites in Ashington, Bromborough, Bradford and Daventry that would have otherwise be destined for food waste.
Baker & Baker’s agreement with the charity followed a successful trial last year (2022), which saw the manufacturer donate more than four tonnes of products from its Bradford site, supporting almost 550 UK charities.
John Lindsay, Baker & Baker chief executive, commented: “Food waste can sometimes be unavoidable, including surplus stock that remains perfectly safe to eat. In these instances, the responsible course of action is to ensure organisations such as FareShare can redistribute products to those most in need.
“FareShare and their network undertake some fantastic initiatives in communities throughout the country, and as such, we believe they are the perfect partner for Baker & Baker.”
The partnership forms is part of Baker & Baker’s plans to deliver sustainable business initiatives across its manufacturing operations, with food waste reduction programmes playing an integral part in reducing its impact on the environment and ensuring that products are redirected to charities and community groups wherever possible.
Reducing food wastage will also have a positive impact on the manufacturer’s carbon footprint as it moves towards net zero.
Lucy Allison, head of Food Industry at FareShare, added: “We are delighted to be working with Baker & Baker to redistribute surplus from their sites to charities and community groups across the UK.
“The cost of living crisis has had a disproportionate impact on people struggling to make ends meet, and we are so appreciative to work with companies like Baker & Baker that share our vision that no good food should go to waste. We look forward to seeing this partnership flourish.”
Meanwhile, Food Manufacture editor Bethan Grylls interviewed The Felix Project and FareShare to find out more about how they redistribute food, the food safety measures in place, and why they’re in dire need of help from manufacturers.