Denmark plans two more food waste supermarkets selling surplus produce

WeFood sells products between 30-50 per cent cheaper than they would normally cost

Hazel Sheffield
Monday 19 September 2016 17:06
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The charity behind the world’s first food waste supermarket has said that it is planning to open two more.

Folkekirkens Nødhjælp, which opened the first food waste supermarket in Copenhagen in February, said that it is planning to open another in Copenhagen and a third in Arhus, the second biggest city in Denmark.

WeFood sells products between 30-50 per cent cheaper than they would normally cost.

The products are donated by a range of suppliers.

Danish supermarket chain Føtex has a deal to donate bread and other products.

But not all donations are so ordinary. WeFood once received several bags of nappies that were rejected because the corners were bent.

One supplier donated a large number of soap dishes that could not be sold because they were a limited edition design.

The supermarket is part of a Government initiative to reduce food waste in Denmark.

It came about after the Danish Minister of Agriculture and Food met with the general secretary of charity Folkekirkens Nødhjælp and the head of corporate responsibility at a major supermarket in the country.

Princess Marie of Denmark at the launch of the Wefood supermarket in Copenhagen

“We think it is a new way of thinking about the problem of food waste,” a spokeswoman said.

Every year more than 700,000 tonnes of food are wasted in Denmark. After being open just six months, WeFood has received over 40 tonnes of food that would have otherwise been destroyed.

The biggest challenge facing the store is the struggle to get enough volunteers.

“It takes a lot of time and resources to run a concept like Wefood and we hope someday we can open many stores only run by volunteers,” the spokesperson said.

WeFood is believed to be the first supermarket selling food waste in the world that is open to everyone. There are food waste stores in Switzerland but they are only available for citizens who receive welfare.

The Independent's sister paper, the Evening Standard, has launched a campaign on food waste in London.Find out more here.

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