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How we do it: Reducing food waste


Reducing food waste is a hot topic and there are many ways we can reduce our impact at home - mainly through our own recycling behaviour, but significantly, through our buying habits. It was one of our key motivators when setting up Farmdrop, as we felt we could provide a much less wasteful way of selling food.

Currently in the UK, over 2 million tonnes of fresh produce are wasted each year in the supply chain. This stat comes from WRAP who work with the UK Government to help deliver their policies on waste prevention and resource efficiency.  

Waste is caused at different points within the supply chain. Sadly, it’s mainly caused by produce which doesn’t even reach its intended retail outlet due to oversupply or not meeting requirements. Incorrect demand forecasting or damage to produce during transport and storage at the many depots it will go through are also key causes. The latter alone are said to produce 100,000 to 150,000 tonnes of waste a year.

Farmdrop helps reduce food waste because our producers only need to harvest, bake or make what has been ordered by customers on a drop day. This results in zero waste for producers, as everything they bring to us has already been sold. So simple, yet so effective.