Carrefour working to cut food waste

Carrefour working to cut food waste

French retailer Carrefour has signed up to a government-backed pledge to cut food waste.

Carrefour's commitment to the National Pact to Combat Food Waste, which is sponsored by the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests, is the culmination of six months of collaboration and discussions, the company said.

Carrefour emphasised it already works to reduce food waste in France in "numerous ways". These efforts include tests around the more effective use of best before dates and the reduction of multi-buy promotions in store, as well as a project to establish a smoothie and soup bar that will use unsold fruit and vegetables.

The company has already signed the Retail Agreement on Waste at a European level. 

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Carrefour signs the "National Pact to Combat Food Waste"

Carrefour is today pursuing its commitment to good corporate citizenship by signing the "National Pact to Combat Food Waste" with the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests, the culmination of six months of collaboration and discussions. The group, which implements a plan to combat waste, and particularly food waste, in 11 of the countries in which it operates, had previously signed the "Retail Agreement on Waste" at a European level.

Carrefour works to combat food waste in numerous ways in France, as the following illustrations demonstrate:

Reducing food waste in store and motivating staff to get involved: A team of "anti-waste" coaches travels from store to store to train staff in how to reduce waste. A pilot store identifies best practices, which are then implemented in flagship stores in each region. Tests are currently underway on the best-before dates of certain products. The introduction of a new type of promotion, giving consumers the opportunity to get a discount on single items as well as multiple purchases. This helps to ensure the quantities customers buy reflect their actual needs, in order to avoid waste.

Making the best use of unsold products: A project to create a smoothies and soups bar using unsold fruit and vegetables will be launched between now and the end of the year in a small number of pilot stores in the Ile-de-France region by the Carrefour Foundation in conjunction with the ANDES (French National Association for the Development of Social Grocery Stores) and the SEB group. The Carrefour Foundation supports the collection and processing of unsold items from fish auctions into soups and fillets in collaboration with the Fédération des paniers de la mer (FPLM). As a result, 164 people have been hired since 2009, enabling 336 tonnes of products to be processed in 2012.

Optimising food donations and collections: The equivalent of 83 million meals were distributed in 2012, making Carrefour the leading private donor to food banks in France. The Carrefour Foundation funds refrigerated lorries and cold stores for associations, helping to maintain the cold chain.

Raising awareness amongst consumers, employees and suppliers: A special waste page was set up on 6 June to keep consumers informed: A campaign to raise awareness amongst employees was set up via an internal challenge with rewards for the best ideas for combating waste. A prize will be awarded at the end of the year to the supplier who performs best in this area as part of Carrefour France's annual Sustainable Development Awards.

Original source: Carrefour