Supermarket giant has found a new home for some of its surplus fresh food through a partnership with Sydney Zoo. The Woolworths Stock Feed for Farmers program will now also provide excess fruit and vegetables, unfit for human consumption, to the zoo animals in a bid to further reduce waste.
“Food is meant to be eaten, not thrown – which is why together with our customers, farmers and community partners, we’re working to keep good food out of landfill,” Woolworths head of sustainability, Adrian Cullen, said.
The retailer partners with OzHarvest, Foodbank and Fareshare to feed people in need but not all food waste is fit for this purpose. All Woolworths supermarkets now have an active food waste diversion program in place to find a new use for surplus fresh food.
“The support we receive from Woolworths through the Stock Feed for Farmers program will enable us to reallocate funds to establish important conservation and education work,” managing director of Sydney Zoo, Jake Burgess said.
Last year, more than 32,000 tonnes of Woolworths’ surplus food went to farms and zoos to feed the animals.
Last week, soft drinks giant Coca-Cola Amatil also sealed a deal with Sydney Zoo to supply beverages.