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Greggs saves over 1m bags of food from going to waste

24th Jun 2022 - 05:00
Food to go retailer Greggs and the ‘world’s largest surplus food app’ Too Good To Go announced the prevention of more than one million bags of food from going to waste in the UK.

The achievement demonstrates their commitment to reducing food waste and building a safer planet. Greggs and Too Good To Go have collectively saved the equivalent CO2e that it takes to power 1,641 flights around the world. 

Sophie Trueman, managing director for Too Good To Go in the UK & Ireland, said: “There are so many benefits to preventing delicious food from going to waste - retailers can recover their sunk costs, while consumers can access great food at an affordable price. Everyone wins and together we can do good for our planet too. I’m incredibly excited to see our partnership continue to flourish and rescue even more Greggs favourites from going to waste.”  

Too Good To Go is a social impact company working with organisations to prevent food waste by allowing customers to purchase surplus food from restaurants, convenience retailers and producers in an affordable way.

Users download the free Too Good To Go app and search for nearby businesses that offer unsold food, where they can then purchase a ‘Magic Bag’ filled with food at a third of its original retail value, collect it at an allotted time and enjoy. 

Gillian Long, Greggs retail operations director, added: “Our partnership with Too Good To Go really helps to ensure that we keep as much food as possible from going to waste and continue delivering on our food waste commitments. As announced in the Greggs Pledge, we are committed to creating 25% less food waste by 2025 than we did in 2018 and we will continue to work towards 100% of excess food going to those most in need.”

Written by
Edward Waddell