Consortium leads call for industry to support food charity

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) is calling on the fresh produce industry to support national food charity FareShare as its new year's resolution.

FareShare works with companies to identify opportunities to capture food surpluses within the supply chain and redistributes produce to the most disadvantaged people in society.

FPC chief executive Nigel Jenney said: "Food waste is something that we all want to reduce throughout the supply chain and we're encouraging the fresh produce industry to make a difference in 2010 by supporting FareShare."

He added: "FareShare is a successful example of how the fresh produce sector can help disadvantaged people across the UK who don't always have access to a regular healthy diet of fresh produce."

FareShare chief executive Tony Lowe said: "Food poverty is a big issue in the UK today. Nearly three-fifths of disadvantaged people have gone without a square meal for a day or more in the last year."

Further information is available online at www.fareshare.org.uk.

- While government agency WRAP has carried out research to estimate the amount of food waste in homes, there is a lack of data on how much is wasted in the supply chain.

The FPC is involved in a research project commissioned by WRAP that is developing detailed resource maps, quantifying food and packaging waste, through the fresh produce retail and wholesale supply chain.


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