Asda works with organisations which are able to take surplus products and redistribute them to people in need. Last year Fareshare, who Asda work with, collected 3,600 tonnes of surplus food and delivered it to a network of over 700 charities and community projects across the country, feeding 36,500 every day.
The benefits to organisations of using these routes to dispose of surplus products are considerable;
Asda has a corporate objective to be a zero waste to landfill business, because of this commitment Asda encourages suppliers to use the following approved options for surplus products:
In Kind Direct is a charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1996 to make it easy for companies to donate surplus stock to good causes. Over 8,300 UK charities have received products from In Kind Direct to date including: child and youth care charities, women’s refuges, family welfare organisations, emergency relief and development, disability charities and elderly welfare groups amongst others. The vast majority of charities benefiting are small, local, grassroots groups without the resources of large charities.
All kinds of new, usable non-food stock in any quantity. Of particular interest are: cleaning and household supplies, essential toiletries, cook and kitchenware, tools, toys and educational items, linens, office supplies and clothing and shoes. They also accept ambient food, generally with at least three months left to run until use-by.
FareShare is the national UK registered charity that supports communities to relieve food poverty. FareShare works with the food industry to distribute surplus products to over 5,500 charities. FareShare distributes food to a wide range of organizations including : homeless shelters, elderly day care centre’s, mental health charities, night shelters, children’s breakfast clubs, domestic violence safe houses and alcohol and drug support groups and afterschool clubs.
FareShare can accept chilled, frozen, fresh produce and ambient food products which are still within date life but no longer have any commercial value. These can include: short coded products, damages, deleted lines, overstocks, production trials, depot rejections, incorrect forecasts, QA rejections on weight/packaging, retailers rejections and manufacturing errors.
SATCoL raises funds from the donated items through its network of over 150 charity shops and from clothing sales overseas. Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL) is a wholly owned trading subsidiary of The Salvation Army Charity. Profit that SATCoL receives from the sale of donated clothing/items is gift-aided to The Salvation Army who provide social and welfare community work throughout the UK.
SATCoL accept new/used clothing, accessories, shoes, household textiles and toys, furniture, homeware, home appliances and electricals, music, video, games and books, health and beauty. SATCoL are able to process small or very large donations using their nationwide logistics network.
Company Shop assists suppliers with the disposal of out of specification/ surplus product that is fit for human consumption. Asda have entered into an agreement with Company Shop Ltd to allow them to purchase own brand foods from suppliers with the packaging still in place. Company Shop’s sustainable model provides a safe, environmentally sound, cost effective, discrete, ethical and compliant solution for the disposal of residual stock.
All food products chilled, ambient and frozen.