Food Surplus Redistribution 


Creating a more sustainable world for all

For every 2 tonnes of food we eat in the UK, another tonne is wasted. That’s around £19 million of food waste a year. As the nation’s fastest growing supermarket, Aldi has a responsibility to tackle this major issue and to help fight food poverty and minimise environmental impact.

How are we tackling food waste?

The fight against food waste is a big task. That’s why it’s important to work together with suppliers, customers and fellow businesses to help achieve our goals. Learn more about the people we’ve partnered with and the pledges we’ve taken below.

Champions 12.3

In September 2017, we signed up to the ‘Friends of Champions 12.3’ network with a collection of other businesses and organisations who support halving food waste globally by 2025. As part of the network, we’ve pledged to halve our operational food waste by 2030 (2017 baseline), and assist our customers and suppliers to reduce their food waste.

Food Surplus Redistribution Partners

Since 2012, we have donated food to vulnerable people with the help of our Food Surplus Redistribution partners. These include Neighbourly, an award-winning social platform, Fareshare, the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and waste, and His Church, an organization which supplies surplus food, clothes and supplies to underprivileged and vulnerable people around the world.

Over 2 million meals to…

Christmas Eve Donations

In 2017 we launched our Christmas Eve Donation Scheme, which invites charities and foodbanks to register their interest and receive donations from their local stores on a first come, first served basis.

Company Shop and Community Shop

We have an agreement with our suppliers to redistribute any surplus Aldi stock to Company Shop, the UK’s largest distributor of surplus food and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG). They purchase surplus stock for retailers and manufacturers and sell them at discounted price to those in need to prevent food going to waste.

They also make a huge impact on communities through their Community Shops. These social supermarkets offer food at low prices in areas of acute deprivation, whilst also providing a social hub for members to seek welfare advice, mentoring and support services, including employment coaching, counselling and family support.

 National Farmers Union’s Fruit and Veg Pledge

In 2015, Aldi UK became the first retailer to sign up to the National Farmers Union’s (NFU’s) Fruit and Veg Pledge. This is a commitment to build long-term relationships with growers, honour agreements and contract terms, and help our suppliers waste less by enabling them to align growing volumes more closely to demand.