Costa Coffee and Cranswick Join Forces for Hull Food Save Project

Cranswick are pleased to announce that Costa Coffee have begun piloting the Food Waste Hero collection system in Hull. The new partnership is the latest advancement of Cranswick’s Hull Food Save Project, which is delivered with the help of OLIO, the free food sharing app.

Costa Coffee will be piloting the scheme with daily collections from their Analby Park retail store, with a view to rolling out the scheme across other Costa stores in Hull.

Since the launch of Cranswick’s Hull Food Save project in June 2018, over 40,588 food items have been saved, equating to 8 tonnes of saved wasted food or over 19,000 estimated meals. There are now 6,200 OLIO users in Hull benefitting from using the app.

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Alongside OLIO’s Hull Market Maker, Cara Bilson, who co-ordinates the scheme on behalf of Cranswick and OLIO, Food Waste Hero volunteers across Hull will be collecting unsold surplus food at the end of the day to save it from going to waste. Cara and the volunteers will then list the items on the OLIO app and redistribute it throughout their local community.

Chris Aldersley, Chief Operating Officer at Cranswick says: “It’s fantastic to see the Hull Food Save project expand, especially with a major named partner like Costa. This powerful collaboration is a great way to grow the Food Save project bigger and better than ever”.

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Victoria Moorhouse, Head of Sustainability at Costa Coffee says: “At Costa Coffee we take food waste extremely seriously. We are working hard to minimise food waste throughout Costa stores, and run a number of initiatives across the UK to do so. Where food is not sold, we encourage store teams to donate to local charities at the end of each day. We are delighted that a number of our local Hull stores are now partnering with Cranswick and OLIO on their zero waste project, working with local volunteers to help tackle food poverty”.

OLIO is the only peer to peer food sharing app, built with the intention of creating mass behavioural change by offering people an alternative to throwing perfectly edible food in the bin.

Cranswick’s support of OLIO’s activities helps the community in more ways than one. Not only does the partnership tackle the issue of food poverty, by providing access to perfectly edible free food, it is also contributing to reducing the amount of food waste going into landfill, whilst strengthening communities through how the model works; neighbour to neighbour sharing.

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The collaboration seeks to source and redistribute surplus food from local supermarkets, manufacturers and independent stores such as cafés and restaurants in and around Hull to those who download the app and request the food. Families and households can contribute all year round too by sharing their surplus food. If you want to join OLIO’s food sharing revolution, the app is available to download on the app store and google play.

The Hull Food Save project is a build on the commitments Cranswick have already made as part of their Second Nature sustainability strategy, which includes becoming a friend of Champions 12.3. As part of this, Cranswick have committed to reduce food loss and waste, and the Hull Food Save Project makes good progress in honouring our commitment.