FWD is leading the work of the Food and Drink trade association roundtable (the 60 trade associations in the sector) on opportunities for businesses to re-purpose short shelf-life products which no longer have an route to market following the shutdown of the hospitality and foodservice sector. The group is collectively looking at ways businesses can unwind inventory to retailers, the public, and the public sector such as NHS.
The group is working with Government to look at options to relax regulations around labelling, as well as the possibility of tax reliefs for write offs.
Food redistribution support
The Government has announced a £3 million fund for organisations redistributing safe surplus food to those who need it during the coronavirus outbreak. All food redistribution businesses and charities will be encouraged to bid for grants over the coming month, including those whose volunteer programmes have been affected by social distancing measures or those that cannot access their usual commercial support network. Some of this may be able to able to be accessed by wholesalers writing off stock, and FWD is working with the Cabinet Office to get clarification.
Since the closure of the hospitality sector, the supply chain into the Out of Home market is overstocked with chilled products that are fast approaching the end of their shelf life. Some frozen stock may be adding to the issue.
BFFF in conjunction with the FWD and PTF has launched a platform on the BFFF website to collate data on this stock. Here you can list details of the top ten chilled and frozen lines you have overstocks on plus the total value of stock under threat.
This project is being led by John Vincent, founder of Leon, to help with divert food originally destined for the out-of-home market direct to the public, via a website which acts as an on-line market place where the public can buy from suppliers – with suppliers fulfilling then orders themselves, direct to consumers. 1-2% commission will be taken by Feeding the Nation to support the work Leon is doing for NHS workers.
A redistributor of surplus food and products, Company Shop has direct distribution channels into frontline workers (NHS, emergency service and FMCG), and to disadvantaged communities
Company Shop can purchase surplus stock, providing a financial return on stock that may otherwise go to waste. This is then discounted to frontline workers in hospitals, emergency services and within supply chains.
IGD has been working with the food and consumer goods industry, food surplus charity FareShare, and other charitable food redistributors, to safeguard a consistent supply of food those who rely on foodbanks for their daily food essentials.
FareShare will directly contact those companies which have already pledged to help in order to organise next steps.
For companies which would still like to make a pledge please contact IGD via email@example.com