Campaign stirs Waitrose to pledge unsold food donation

Waitrose aims to donate all its surplus produce to charities by the end of this year, it has said. It is so far the only retailer to have signed up to the Feed the 5,000 Campaign to ensure that unsold food is consumed.

Head of sustainability and ethical sourcing Quentin Clark said: "It is not in our business interest, of course, to produce any surplus food, but inevitably some does occur and it's fantastic that we can now tell our customers that it is all being put to good use."

Some branches have local agreements in place and these will continue under the new commitment. The supermarket has sent surplus food to anaerobic digestion plants since 2008 and produce unfit for consumption will still be treated this way.


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