One of our key aims is to reduce plastic consumption in our business. In 2010 we switched from an 8 micron film to a 7 micron, pre-stretched film; this change reduced our pallet wrap consumption by 13%. Since then, we’ve worked on recycling more and using less, so we recycled 410 tonnes of pallet wrap in 2019/20 and also reduced the amount of pallet wrap used on an average pick by 8%, when compared to the 2019 calendar year. We also experimented with reusable cage ‘shrouds’ but have yet to find an operationally workable alternative to pallet wrap
We never want to see “Good Food Go to Waste” so Bidfood signed up to the Courtauld agreement in 2016, which aims to reduce food and drink waste by 20% by 2025.
We’re also active members of the IGD/WRAP Food Waste Measurement working group and the Hospitality and Foodservice working group. To divert food waste from landfill, 22 of our depots now donate surplus food to Fareshare, City Harvest and other organisations.