We are pleased to have been working alongside WasteKnot UK, in supporting the Surplus with purpose campaign ran by FareShare. FerryFast Produce became one of the first fresh produce suppliers to work alongside FareShare when the campaign began in July 2019.
The Current COVID-19 pandemic has forced the closure of the hospitality industry for much of 2020, causing a large increase in our surplus fresh produce. Ordinarily this surplus fresh produce would have been used for animal feed, sent to landfill, ploughed back into the fields or for anaerobic digestion. The surplus with purpose campaign has allowed us to redistribute our surplus fresh produce to those in need across the UK. The surplus produce redistributed has included cabbages, courgettes, melons, beans and sweetcorn, and our warehouse team have worked particularly hard to create specialist vegetable stews and salad boxes. We have been told that these specialist boxes have been valuable and more convenient for those charities that work with FareShare to support those that are vulnerable or from low-income households.
Throughout 2020, we are very proud to have provided 910 tonnes of surplus fresh produce to FareShare, that’s a 524% increase compared to 2019. That’s enough fresh produce to contribute towards 2,166,710 meals for those in need. These meals have helped support 5,362 frontline service, including Food Banks, Hostels, soup kitchens and schools. With the aid of FareShare and WasteKnot UK, we are pleased to say that wasted produce is no longer a factor in our business.