Fyffes is delighted to announce they have diverted the equivalent of one million meals to FareShare. Overall, this means that Fyffes has distributed over 431 tonnes of fresh bananas and pineapples to FareShare since the partnership started in 2013.
“Huge congratulations to the Fyffes team in the UK and their partners FareShare for this fantastic achievement. As well as tackling food loss, this project has also made a significant contribution to our goal to provide five million meals to people in vulnerable groups by 2025. At Fyffes, we are proud to bring nutritious and tasty products to as many people as possible.”
Fyffes Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Caoimhe Buckley
This great achievement contributes towards Fyffes commitment to reducing food loss in its own operations by 80% by 2030, one of their sustainability targets announced in March this year. It also helps Fyffes to meet the Sustainable Development Goal 12.3.
Fyffes initially provided small volumes of surplus bananas to FareShare’s warehouses, originally from their ripening centre in Livingston, Scotland. Since November 2020, after recognising the success of reducing food loss as well as supporting vulnerable people, Fyffes now also distributes surplus bananas and pineapples to charities from its ripening centres in Coventry, Normanton and Bristol. In 2021 alone, Fyffes products have helped over 2,577 frontline charities and community groups including 499 community centres, 422 school-based clubs, 267 residential support groups, 794 food provision services and 243 day and drop-in centres as well as, advice and training service based organisations.
FareShare’s CEO Lindsay Boswell said:
“Thank you to Fyffes for providing the equivalent of 1 million meals to FareShare. Having regular access to good quality nutritious food is so important to the frontline charities we support. Our work with Fyffes means that we can get fresh produce onto the plates of the most vulnerable in our society and we thank you for your ongoing support.”