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Wasteful to Tasteful

Whether it’s during the ordering, storage, preparation, or serving process, we are working together with our teams, clients and suppliers to reduce food and collateral waste at across Sodexo sites.

As part of our commitment to prevent unnecessary food waste, Sodexo has launched Wasteful to Tasteful to help reduce the volume of grade B* fruit and vegetables being thrown away or left to rot.

An image of wonky vegWith over 30% of crops never leaving the farm Sodexo has joined forces with Waste Knot, an organisation committed to connecting businesses with surplus food and Ferryfast, a co-operative of farmers in Worcestershire, to introduce boxes of rescued fruit and vegetables, delivered in recycled banana boxes to Sodexo’s catering teams across the country.

Currently, 112 of our sites in across business and industry, universities, state schools, energy & resources and government services business areas are all receiving the weekly vegetable boxes and monthly fruit boxes.

Reducing waste is one of our key priorities, reflected in our Better Tomorrow commitments and our goal to reduce food and drink waste by 20% in the UK as part of our agreement with WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment 2025 and our recent commitment to WRAP’s Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.

Better Tomorrow 2025

What’s more, Wasteful to Tasteful  fits in well with Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow 2025 strategy as well as complimenting other, already existing initiatives; Veg Pledge, the Mindful philosophy, Green and Lean and Waste Watch.

The supplier (FerryFast based in Worcestershire) puts measures in place to make sure they do all they can in terms of sustainability and benefitting the environment. They install a clever system of channels which redirects rain water into a reservoir that is then used as the water source to water all the farm. They rotate crops every three years, giving the soil time to regenerate all the nutrients which have been lost in the growing process. All the produce grown at Ferry Fast is done so under the LEAF kite mark meaning that there are strict rules about husbandry and growing that must be adhered to.

This is an industry leading, exclusive initiative from Sodexo which differentiates us from our competitors, whilst delivering excellent quality produce to our chefs enabling them to make healthy and nutritious dishes for our staff and clients.