Surplus Food Redistribution

Why redistribute?

Redistribution could prevent around 250,000 tonnes of UK food waste every year.

WRAP is working with retailers, Hospitality & Food Service and manufacturers, logistics and redistribution organisations, together with industry bodies, to identify ways of increasing the redistribution of surplus food.

Preventing food waste at source should always come first, but surpluses can arise for a number of reasons; for example, food incorrectly labelled, over-ordered, over-supplied or obsolete seasonal stock.

WRAP’s report ‘Quantification of food surplus, waste and related materials in the grocery supply chain’ concluded that where food waste cannot be prevented, there is potential to redistribute the equivalent to around 400 million meals a year.

What can my organisation do?

Using WRAP's tools and guidance, organisations can develop partnerships to redistribute left over surplus food.

WRAP's best practice and food safety for redistribution

Redistribution summary: Food labelling and safety

Redistribution checklist

Courtauld 2025 Surplus Food Redistribution Working Group

As part of the Courtauld Commitment 2025 (C2025) WRAP has established a Surplus Food Redistribution Working Group to:

  • Provide a forum to look at practical ways to increase food redistribution

  • Discuss and share best practice

  • Identify barriers and opportunities

  • Oversee the development of relevant new resources and approaches to monitoring progress

Food Redistribution Working Group

Food redistribution and use in Wales

Working with the Welsh Government, WRAP Cymru is working to maximise the redistribution of surplus food during production and in the supply chain. Find out about our work to date, and access useful tools to help you set up a back of store redistribution scheme.

Piloting Retail Store Surplus Redistribution

Case studies: Our work in action

WRAP has worked with organisations to develop case studies detailing the benefits of surplus food redistribution from across the food and drink sector.

KFC’s role in
Food Redistribution

KFC launched our Food Donation Scheme in 2014. Cooked, unused chicken from
KFC restaurants, which is perfectly fine to eat, is donated to charity partners local to restaurants who use the chicken to feed some of the most vulnerable members of society.

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Tesco redistribution partnership with FareShare and FoodCloud

“By the end of 2017, no food that is safe for human consumption will be
wasted inside the UK Tesco operation”.

- Dave Lewis, Group Chief Executive, Tesco.

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OLIO and
J. Sainsbury’s

OLIO has developed their “Food Waste Hero” (FWH) programme and piloted this innovative approach with Sainsbury’s. The initial pilot project with Sainsbury’s saw 10,000 items of food being shared between neighbours over 6 months.

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Neighbourly and
Marks & Spencer

“Back of store” surplus is a visible and emotive part of the food waste problem.
The expectations on retailers to keep fully stocked are leading to large amounts of waste. Alongside popular campaigns, supermarket employees themselves are calling for action.

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Morrisons roll out food surplus redistribution to all stores

Stores were encouraged to find a local community partner that could utilise a variety of food including products just past ‘Best Before’ dates, fresh and frozen products. As a result of a 2015 trial, they rolled out the programme to the rest of their estate from the start of 2016.

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Our resources

By working with WRAP your organisation can improve processes, find new techniques and work toward implementing best practice in your supply chain.






Case studies