What kind of surplus food can you accept?

From labelling errors, discontinued lines, samples, and fruit & veg past its BBE, to bulk ingredients for manufacturing, we accept all kinds of fresh, frozen, ambient and chilled foods, including retailer branded foods. These include:

  • Packaging / labelling errors
  • Stock that’s become surplus due to forecasting errors
  • Stock below MLOR (48 hours minimum life on receipt by FareShare)
  • Fruit & veg past BBE
  • Stock past BBE (subject to manufacturer’s extension letter)
  • Quality rejections – ‘out of spec’
  • Unfinished products
  • Bulk ingredients for manufacturing
  • Lines no longer being retailed
  • Samples and NPD’s
  • Foreign label stock
  • Damages
  • Seasonal stock
  • Food that’s passed its best-before date if the manufacturer can guarantee that the product will still be acceptable to the consumer and that texture and flavour have not been unacceptably compromised
  • Retailer branded food. We have authorisations from major retailers, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Co-op and Asda

Can you cover the costs of redistributing surplus food to Fareshare Cymru?

Yes. The FareShare Cymru Surplus with Purpose Fund aims to offset the costs of diverting surplus food to charities. It can cover costs such as additional resource and labour costs, harvesting, packaging, transport and freezing costs, and any lost income from recycling.

Can you take surplus food at short notice?

Yes. We understand that surplus food is unpredictable and often happens at short notice. Give our food team a call on 029 20362111 and we’ll do our best to get your surplus food onto people’s plates.

What kind of food surplus can’t you take?

Unfortunately, we can’t accept alcohol, any food that’s passed its use-by date, or food that’s already been cooked or prepared.

FareShare Cymru is set up to take large volumes of food from the food industry. For that reason we can’t take surplus food from individuals. We recommend individuals use a food sharing app like Olio instead.

Can you take retailer branded food?

Yes. We know that the majority of food waste occurs in the supply chain, before products even hit the supermarket shelves. That’s why we want to make it as easy as possible for manufacturers and hauliers to donate good quality surplus food to us and feed people in need. We have retailer authorisations from Asda, Booker, Co op, Lidl, M&S, Pret a Manger, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose & Partners. If your customer isn’t listed here, don’t worry. Email us on welshfood@fareshare.cymru and we’ll seek authorisation on your behalf.

How do you ensure food safety?

We operate to exactly the same standards as the food industry. Our food management systems ensure full compliance and traceability and our Regional Centres are independently audited every year. How we look after your food

Who do you work with?

FareShare works with more than 500 companies across the supply chain – from farmers to hauliers, hospitality chains to supermarkets, and big brands to small, independent producers. Find out who we work with here in Wales.

What kind of charities will our surplus food help?

FareShare Cymru redistributes surplus food to 188 charities across Wales  – from domestic violence refuges and breakfast clubs for children, to homeless hostels, community cafes and lunch clubs for older people. As well as tackling hunger and food poverty, the charities we supply help to address the multiple challenges faced by some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

I’m an individual. Can I donate food?

FareShare Cymru is set up to take large volumes of food from the food industry. For that reason we can’t take surplus food from individuals. We recommend individuals use a food sharing app like Olio instead.

Click below to read our Surplus Sorted brochure to find out more about how it all works.


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