The supermarket giant was involved in the advisory group who was consulted as part of the development of the strategy. Woolworths has a long standing public commitment to work towards zero food waste to landfill, with a range of programs already underway and others in development across the Woolworths Food Group – this includes The Odd Bunch.
“Woolworths has made great strides in reducing our food waste to landfill and we recognise that there is still much more that we need to do. Currently, 91 per cent of stores have a food waste diversion program that successfully diverts 60,500 tonnes of food each year,” Adrian Cullen, head of Sustainability, Woolworths Food Group said.
“The National Food Waste Strategy sets a very ambitious target of a 50 per cent reduction by 2030, though Woolworths is committed to helping meet and exceed this target via our own activities and supporting our customers in playing their part.”
Woolworths’ existing programs that support the strategy include:
- Structured programs to manage food waste from Woolworths stores, which has resulted in more than 60,000 tonnes being diverted in the last 12 months.
- Food Rescue partnerships with hunger relief agencies OzHarvest, FoodBank, FareShare and Secondbite, which sees surplus food from Woolworths supermarkets redirected to hunger relief, rather than sent to landfill. Woolworths currently donates the equivalent of 500,000 meals per month through these programs.
- A customer education program called Food Savers, to inspire Australians to get the most value and use from their food.
- The Odd Bunch is value range of delicious fresh fruit and vegetables, which don’t always look perfect, but taste great. The range that helps minimise food wastage at the farm, and sells around 50,000 tonnes each year.