Lactalis McLelland partners up to reduce food waste

Cheese manufacturer Lactalis McLelland has embarked on a food waste reduction partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare UK.

Lactalis McLelland’s supply chain team has been working with FareShare UK on the development of a surplus management process to ensure that excess stock is distributed to vulnerable people across the UK rather than going to waste.

According to Lactalis McLelland, all of its in-date surplus cheese, including both branded and own label products, is now being sent to FareShare UK’s network of regional centres.

FareShare UK redistributes the Lactalis McLelland products to hundreds of frontline charities and community projects nationally. Products currently included in the arrangement include: Seriously, Galloway, Orkney, President and Galbani.

Mark Taylor, CEO and group managing director, Lactalis McLelland UK & Ireland, says, “Our primary objective will always be to perfectly match supply and demand. However, from time to time operational challenges give rise to excess product that cannot be utilised in normal channels.

“We are therefore delighted to partner with FareShare UK to ensure that our surplus stock is used to feed those that need it most

“No food that is safe for human consumption should go to waste and through our partnership with FareShare UK we are able to ensure that all our surplus cheese is re-directed to fantastic initiatives such as homeless hostels, lunch clubs for older people and community centres.”

FareShare UK took its first delivery of cheese from Lactalis McLelland last month.

Catalina McMillan, logistics contract manager, Lactalis McLelland, who has led the project, says, “I am proud to have been part of this important initiative – it has been a genuine team effort and lots of people across many departments have worked hard to make this happen.”

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