Intent on tackling food waste and hunger

IFCO partners with two leading UK food redistribution charities

IFCO, a provider of Reusable Packaging Containers (RPCs), is expanding its support for FareShare and The Felix Project, two of the leading food redistribution charities in the UK.

The overriding goal of the three-way partnership is to make it easier, faster, and cost-neutral for producers, suppliers, and retailers to donate their surplus food to charitable organizations while at the same time ensuring that FareShare and The Felix Project can deliver healthy fresh food to people in need more safely and efficiently. Both organizations work closely with the food industry to source good surplus food that would otherwise go to waste, landfill, or anaerobic digestion.

This collaboration agreement reinforces IFCO´s commitment to helping reduce food waste in the fresh produce supply chain. In October 2022, the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) selected IFCO as their official partner for Reusable Packaging Containers. Since then, food banks across Europe (including Fareshare and the Felix Project) have already received donated sustainable RPCs to support their food distribution to charities.

While food donations are not a long-term solution to food poverty, IFCO recognizes that the professional redistribution of quality surplus food has an important role to play. For this reason, IFCO has now made it even easier for suppliers and retailers to donate fresh produce in IFCO RPCs into the FareShare and The Felix Project networks. Although producers and retailers have always been able to transport food donations in IFCO RPCs, this partnership ensures the faster flow of fresh produce from even more suppliers through to food banks, as well as the simplified return of RPCs into the IFCO pooling system. One aspect of the partnership taps into IFCO digital solutions, as both FareShare and The Felix Project now use the MyIFCO app to declare and schedule the pick-up of IFCO RPCs, ensuring a much smoother return process.

FareShare is the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste. They work with the food industry to source and distribute over 50,000 tonnes of good surplus food to 8,500 organizations across the UK each year, the equivalent of around 128 million meals for vulnerable people. By being directly involved in the UK operation, IFCO is providing essential support to the charity.

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