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Irish Households Throw Away €700 Worth Of Food Annually, Research Shows

Irish households throw away €700 worth of food on an annual basis, research shows.

However, in Ireland, one in 10 people experience food poverty, while one million tonnes of food is thrown out by Irish businesses and consumers every year, according to research recently conducted by FoodCloud.

In order to combat this the social enterprise matching businesses with surplus food to local charities and community groups in Ireland, will highlight how 'surplus food can be become spectacular' in a special dinner it is hosting as part of the West Waterford Festival of Food in Dungarvan.

In order to demonstrate this the group announced in a statement that acclaimed chef Tom Walsh will be create a five course tasting menu using surplus food from FoodCloud.

How To Donate

FoodCloud said that it is calling on Irish food businesses who are interested in donating surplus food to get in touch and take positive actions to reducing food waste in Ireland.

"Surplus food is food that is perfectly good for human consumption but does not reach consumers for a variety of reasons including food being incorrectly labelled, over-ordered, over-supplied or having seasonal or promotional packaging," the not-for-profit group said.

FoodCloud currently works with leading retailers Tesco, Aldi, Lidl and Musgraves and over 100 food producers, manufacturers and distributors.

Since it was set up, FoodCloud has helped over 7,500 charitable groups get surplus food in Ireland and the UK, helping to ensure that 45 million meals have gone to people and not to waste.

Interested businesses can get in touch here.

© 2019 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Donna Ahern. Click sign-up to subscribe to Checkout.

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