Wednesday 25 April 2018

Revealed: How much money Irish shoppers waste on unused food

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Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

An Irish shopper wastes approximately €400 on unused food every year.

According to the survey which was carried out by Ignite Research, just 13pc of people never dispose of unused food.

People are most likely to throw away fruit and vegetables (44pc), followed by baked goods and bread (28pc), dairy (15pc) and fresh meat (14pc).

As a result of the survey, which was commissioned by Aldi, the supermarket will donate over 500,000 meals to 172 charities through a new partnership with FoodCloud to help combat food poverty and food waste in Ireland.

Surplus food from over 70 Aldi stores across the country will be redistributed to charities and community groups by FoodCloud.

FoodCloud is a non-profit social enterprise that connects businesses with extra food to charities in their local community that need food donations.

FoodCloud co-founder and CEO Iseult Ward said: “In Ireland, we waste one million tonnes of food every year and at the same time one in eight people suffer from food poverty.

"FoodCloud’s efficient and effective solution provides an opportunity for businesses and charities within communities to work together to make sure no good food goes to waste.”

Using the platform Aldi staff can upload details of their surplus food and local charities are notified via text of the available food for collection.  The charity then collects the food donation and redistributes the food to people who need it.

Aldi hopes to provide charities with €700,000 worth of food.

Finbar McCarthy, Aldi’s Group Buying Director said: “Helping combat food poverty and waste in the areas our stores serve is a central pillar of our community programme. 

"Even across an efficient retail operation such as Aldi, there will unavoidably be some unsold, surplus food each day.  We are delighted that by partnering with FoodCloud, we will be able to donate our consumable, surplus food to charities and community organisations that need it throughout the country.”

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