Since partnering with not-for-profit social enterprise FoodCloud in 2014, Aldi noted that it has has donated over 1.1 million kgs of surplus food from stores and distribution centres.
Further, since commencing its partnership with Too Good To Go in January 2023, the discount retailer highlighted that it has already provided 50,000 Surprise Bags.
These bags, which retail for €3.99, contain quality food worth at least €12, including fruit, veg, dairy products, meats, snacks and more that would otherwise go to waste.
Having already surpassed this target, the retailer has set a new ambition as part of National Food Waste Recycling Week to eliminate a total of 500 tonnes of food waste this year. Under the Roadmap, the Government has reaffirmed its commitment to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030.
National Food Waste Recycling Week
Speaking at the beginning of the National Food Waste Recycling Week, Rachel Nugent, corporate responsibility manager, Aldi Ireland, said, “During National Food Waste Recycling Week, Aldi is proud to take stock of our efforts in combatting food waste.
"Through our partners, FoodCloud and Too Good To Go, we are taking meaningful action to cut down on food waste in our logistics chain, while also donating to worthy causes.
"To date, we have saved over one million kilos of food waste since beginning our partnerships, both with FoodCloud since 2014 and with the addition of Too Good To Go this year.
"As part of our overall sustainability strategy and ambitions, we pledged earlier this year to eliminate 60 tonnes of food waste from our operations in 2023. Having already delivered on this commitment, we look forward to continuing to work with our partners and colleagues to strive towards our new goal of eliminating a total of 500 tonnes this year.”