With just 0.1 percent food waste across its UK sites, Pilgrim’s UK has one of the lowest reported waste levels across the food manufacturing industry. As part of Pilgrim’s UK’s ongoing sustainability goals, the company is reviewing its entire supply chain hierarchy to help further reduce food waste and to ensure that any surplus food is donated for human consumption.
Part of this process includes working with FareShare to increase its contributions across its UK network. In 2019, Pilgrim’s UK provided 37.4 metric tons of surplus products to FareShare, enough for an estimated 90,049 meals for those in need.
Les Golden, Food Partners Senior Manager at FareShare, said: “A big thank you to Pilgrim’s UK for their donations of meat to support our network of charities and community groups across the UK. Meat is one of FareShare’s most sought after products, especially in the face of the current crisis, and will help greatly in allowing the charities to provide healthy and nutritious meals for their clients.”
As part of Pilgrim’s UK’s fight against food waste, the company is also a signatory of The Friends of Champions 12.3 network, formally pledging alignment to the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to reduce global food waste by 50 percent by 2030.