Aldi is tackling surplus food waste by rolling out a partnership with Too Good To Go – the world’s largest surplus food platform – across all 990 of its UK stores.
The nationwide roll out is expected to save a further 4,000 tonnes of food from going to waste each year and will form a key part of the retailer’s ongoing commitment to cut food waste.
The nationwide move follows on from a successful trial last year and will see the UK’s fastest-growing supermarket offering surplus food bags for sale at reduced prices. The ‘Magic Bags’ cost just £3.30 contain at least £10 worth of grocery products that are approaching their sell- or use-by dates.
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Aldi UK corporate responsibility director Liz Fox said: “Rolling out our partnership with Too Good To Go is another way of allowing us to cut down on food waste, while also offering customers the opportunity to pick up our food at even lower prices.
“With the rising cost of living impacting so many, this offers a simple and accessible way for consumers to save money and reduce waste.”
To get a Magic Bag, shoppers simply download the free app and search for their nearest store, before reserving a bag to collect at an allotted time.
“We’re thrilled to be rolling out our partnership,” said Too Good To Go managing director Sophie Trueman.
“Having already had fantastic feedback during a successful trial period, I know our community is going to jump at the chance to save Magic Bags from their local Aldi and prevent even more good food from going to waste.”
In addition to the new partnership, all of Aldi’s UK stores will continue to donate surplus food to local causes 365 days of the year. Since 2019, the supermarket has donated more than 30 million meals via its successful partnership with Neighbourly.