SPAR targets supply chain food waste reductions

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Retailer SPAR has outlined plans to tackle food waste in its supply chain with social impact company Too Good To Go.

SPAR said it was adopting a multi-solution approach to supply chain waste reduction, addressing food waste in several ways, including adopting improved processes for forecasting requirements and ordering.

It said that within the stores, unsold fresh food would be incorporated into meal solutions and reductions in prices of short shelf-life foods are other methods implemented. It also said that food donations would be made to local charities and food banks by stores locally.

The European Union has a goal of halving per capita food waste at consumer and retail level by 2030. 

SPAR International Chief Executive Tobias Wasmuht said: “While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact all of us, it has never been more important to manage food waste as fluctuating consumption patterns call on us to respond with speed and agility. Working with innovative, entrepreneurial companies such as Too Good To Go can provide sustainable solutions during this uncertain time.

Mette Lykke, Chief Executive of Too Good To Go added: “Together, SPAR and Too Good To Go have already saved more than 480,000 meals from going to waste. It’s a real success story and we are so pleased to be expanding the cooperation by scaling up in all markets where we share a presence.”

SPAR International has over 13,300 stores worldwide and posted global retail sales of €37.1 billion in 2019.

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