IFCO, the global provider of Reusable Packaging Containers (RPCs), is strengthening its collaboration with FareShare and The Felix Project, two prominent food redistribution charities in the UK.

The primary objective of this three-way partnership is to simplify and expedite the process of donating surplus food from producers, suppliers and retailers to these charitable organisations.

Simultaneously, it aims to enhance the safe and efficient delivery of fresh, nutritious food to individuals in need.

Both FareShare and The Felix Project work closely with the food industry to rescue good surplus food that would otherwise be wasted, sent to landfills, or subject to anaerobic digestion.

Expediting donations and ensuring safety with IFCO RPCs

To reinforce its commitment to reducing food waste in the fresh produce supply chain, IFCO has made it even more convenient for suppliers and retailers to donate fresh produce in their Reusable Packaging Containers (RPCs) to the FareShare and The Felix Project networks.

Although food donations alone do not offer a long-term solution to food poverty, IFCO recognises the vital role of professionally redistributing quality surplus food.

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In this partnership, the use of IFCO RPCs facilitates the swift transportation of fresh produce from a broader range of suppliers to food banks.

It also simplifies the return of RPCs into the IFCO pooling system. Leveraging IFCO’s digital solutions, both FareShare and The Felix Project have integrated the MyIFCO app into their operations, enabling them to efficiently manage and schedule the pick-up of IFCO RPCs for a smoother return process.

Supporting FareShare: tackling hunger and food waste

FareShare, the largest hunger and food waste relief charity in the UK, collaborates closely with the food industry to acquire and distribute more than 50,000t of surplus food annually.

This effort benefits 8,500 organisations nationwide, equivalent to approximately 128 million meals for vulnerable individuals.

By actively participating in FareShare’s operations in the UK, IFCO plays a vital role in supporting the charity’s mission.

Enhancing efforts to combat food waste

This expansion of the partnership between IFCO, FareShare and The Felix Project signifies a significant step forward in combatting food waste and addressing food poverty in the UK.

Through the use of IFCO RPCs and streamlined processes, producers, suppliers and retailers can easily donate surplus food, ensuring it reaches those in need more efficiently.

By leveraging technology and sustainable solutions, this collaboration aims positively impact the fresh produce supply chain and contribute to a more sustainable future for all.