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October 19, 2018

Sodexo UK uses rejected fruit and vegetables in its kitchens

Global foodservice and facilities management company Sodexo has partnered with farmer cooperatives Ferryfast and Waste Knot to use boxes of fruit and vegetable products that would otherwise go to waste.

Global foodservice and facilities management company Sodexo has partnered with farmer cooperatives Ferryfast and Waste Knot to use boxes of fruit and vegetable products that would otherwise go to waste.

The launch is part of the company’s Wasteful to Tasteful programme, which helps reduce the volume of fruit and vegetables being thrown away or rejected because they are an irregular shape or have passed their sell-by date.

The company’s 112 catering facilities will receive the vegetable boxes on a weekly basis and fruit boxes on a monthly basis.

Sodexo’s UK and Ireland category sustainable procurement manager Catrin Thorndike said: “We are extremely excited to be able to use these vegetables, which apart from their look and size still retain their nutritional value and delicious taste.

“We are extremely excited to be able to use these vegetables, which apart from their look and size still retain their nutritional value and delicious taste.”

“The produce is perfect for use in a range of dishes, including soups, stews and puddings as it really doesn’t matter what they look like before they are prepared and cooked.

“If we can demonstrate that our top chefs can create delicious and inspiring dishes using wonky veg then hopefully it will help encourage our customers to do the same at home.”

The implementation of the Wasteful to Tasteful programme is part of Sodexo’s commitment to creating plant-forward and plant-based meals, as well as offering healthier choices to customers.

The company has also committed to reduce food and drink waste by 20% in the UK by joining the Courtauld Commitment 2025 and Food Waste Reduction Roadmap initiatives by WRAP.

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