European bakery manufacturer Baker & Baker has agreed a partnership with the UK food redistribution charity FareShare. The company will be working closely with FareShare to redistribute products and ingredients from across its four UK manufacturing sites in Bromborough, Ashington, Bradford and Daventry that would otherwise become food waste.
FareShare operates a national network of charitable food redistributors via its regional centres and supports over 9500 charities throughout the UK. In 2022, FareShare redistributed food equivalent to 126 million meals.
The partnership forms one strand of Baker & Baker’s approach to deliver sustainable business initiatives across its manufacturing operations. Food waste reduction programmes are a critical component of reducing the company’s impact on the environment and ensuring products are redirected to charities where possible.
Reducing food wastage will also have a positive impact on Baker & Baker’s carbon footprint and as a component of the business’ strategy to move towards net zero.
The agreement with FareShare follows on from a successful trial of bakery products that Baker & Baker donated in 2022 from its Bradford site, with over four tonnes of products supporting almost 550 UK charities.
“We’re extremely excited to begin working with FareShare in the UK. Food waste can sometimes be unavoidable, including surplus stock that remains perfectly safe to eat. In these instances, the responsible course of action is to ensure organisations such as FareShare can redistribute products to those most in need,” explained John Lindsay, CEO of Baker & Baker. “FareShare and their network undertake some fantastic initiatives in communities throughout the country, and as such, we believe they are the perfect partner for Baker & Baker.”
“We are delighted to be working with Baker & Baker to redistribute surplus from their sites to charities and community groups across the UK,” said Lucy Allison, Head of Food Industry at FareShare. “The cost of living crisis has had a disproportionate impact on people struggling to make ends meet, and we are so appreciative to work with companies like Baker & Baker that share our vision that no good food should go to waste. We look forward to seeing this partnership flourish.”
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