Germany: Supermarket chain Rewe to buy imperfect produce

Due to the drought and the intense heat plaguing parts of Germany over the summer, many farmers were left with produce looking less perfect than usual.

Coming to the aid of the growers, German supermarket giant Rewe and its sister discount chain PENNY have agreed to buy produce with “color and shape errors” until the beginning of 2019. In doing so, they will be helping both farmers who would usually lose profits and minimizing food waste.

Rewe has guaranteed that the fruits and vegetables it buys, however, will remain unchanged in quality and taste. "Any visual blemish caused by nature will purely be an external one," said Eugenio Guidoccio, manager of the Rewe Group. 
According to, apples are paler, carrots are more elongated and crooked, onions form less peel and potatoes are smaller and can scab more, reports the company.

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