BerryWorld is preparing to mark World Environment Day on 5 June by highlighting its recent efforts to tackle food waste and reduce its carbon footprint.
Since spring 2020 BerryWorld and prepared division PrepWorld have together contributed the equivalent of 330,000 meals to people in need via FareShare’s national network of 11,000 frontline charities.
Food waste is a major contributor to climate change andproducing uneaten food squanders a whole host of resources, including seeds, water, energy, land, fertiliser, human labour and financial capital.
Celebrated worldwide on 5 June, World Environment Day aims to encourage awareness and action for the protection of the planet.
“Partnering with FareShare has provided an outlet for delicious fruit which just didn't meet specifications on size or shape,” said Emma Henry, senior responsible sourcing manager at BerryWorld UK.
“It’s great to know that our surplus fruit has been effectively utilised to produce healthy meals for vulnerable families and individuals.”
Adele Fash, FareShare’s commercial manager for produce added: “We're very pleased to be working closely with BerryWorld and their suppliers.Not only are they working together to help us to provide their off-spec fresh berries to thousands of people, but they are also helping to demonstrate publicly how they can help reduce their impact on the environment, by redistributing their good-to-eat surplus fruits to FareShare.”
FareShare currently provides the equivalent of over two million meals per week to charities and community groups across the UK.