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Nestlé and Arla to donate equivalent of 1.25 million breakfasts with FareShare

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Nestlé and Arla, two of the UK’s biggest food manufacturers, are joining forces to support families and communities in need across the UK. The companies are partnering to donate the equivalent of 1.25 million breakfasts to food charity, FareShare. 

Did you know?

The UK is Europe’s largest contributor of food waste, producing around 9.5 million tonnes per year. This would be enough to feed around 30 million people. In addition to this, there are around 8.4 million people living in food poverty in the UK today.

Making a difference

FareShare is the UK’s biggest charity tackling the environmental problem of food waste for social good. It works with the food industry to take good-to-eat surplus food, which might otherwise go to waste, and redistribute it to a network of 8,500 charities and community groups across the country.  These include school clubs, community centres, hospices, refuges and homelessness shelters, all working to tackle the root causes of poverty and using food to bring communities together. 

For the past 19 years, Nestlé has been working with FareShare as part of an ambition to raise greater awareness of food waste. In addition, it aims to reduce food waste along its product value chain by redistributing quality surplus products. To date, Nestlé has contributed to providing the equivalent of more than six million meals around the UK. In 2023 alone it contributed towards 220,000 meals that were distributed to more than 2,500 different charities and organisations across the country. 

The Coronation Food Project

Nestlé and Arla are both part of the Coronation Food Project, which was launched in November 2023. This project supports FareShare’s goal to bring together businesses from across the food industry to collaborate on new ways to address food insecurity and reduce food waste.

Nestlé will be providing cereal from its iconic brands, including Shreddies, and Arla will be providing Cravendale milk to contribute towards breakfasts for organisations supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK. The dedicated team at our Staverton factory made this donation possible, producing extra stock to enable us to make a positive difference. This donation is equivalent to 1.25 million breakfasts for those in need.

We know just how important the first of meal of the day is, but in the current climate more and more people are starting the day with an empty stomach. That’s why we wanted to work with Arla and FareShare to provide breakfast to those who need it most. I’m proud that my colleagues have come together to produce this cereal to donate to FareShare and we hope this will make a difference to thousands of families across the UK. “The work FareShare does is absolutely vital to so many people. We have a long-standing partnership with them and we’ll continue to support them in whatever way we can, whether that’s donations, redistributing quality surplus from our sites, or through our colleagues volunteering at distribution centres.

Andrew Shaw Supply Chain Director for UK & Ireland at Nestlé

Joining Forces 

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L-R: Jonathan Dixon, VP of sales at Arla, Simon Millard, Director of Food at FareShare and Andrew Shaw, Supply Chain Director at Nestlé

We believe that everyone has the right to eat well and we’re committed to providing natural, nutritious dairy, that’s made in the best possible way. We also know that there are still some families who don’t have access to a nutritious breakfast, and this can have an impact on health and development. We hope that through this partnership with Nestlé and FareShare that we are able to help provide milk to those most in need.

As FareShare enters its 30th year, we want to look ahead to the future of tackling food waste. The Coronation Food Project was set up to encourage collaboration and innovation across sectors so we can find ways to make sure more good-to-eat food gets to people who need it, rather than to waste. By joining forces, Arla and Nestlé are setting a great example to others in the industry of how working together can help unlock even greater environmental and social impact.

Find out more about the vital work FareShare is doing.