As part of its commitment to prevent unnecessary food waste, Sodexo, the world’s largest services company, has launched its own wonky veg initiative, known as Wasteful to Tasteful, to help reduce the volume of Grade B fruit and vegetables being thrown away or left to rot. Grade B produce is vegetables which do not meet the necessary requirements in look and size for retailers.
Sodexo has joined forces with Waste Knot, an organisation committed to connecting businesses with surplus food and Ferryfast, a co-operative of farmers in Worcestershire, to introduce boxes of rescued fruit and vegetables, delivered in recycled banana boxes to Sodexo’s catering teams across the country. 112 sites in its corporate services, universities, state schools, energy & resources and government services business areas are all receiving the weekly vegetable boxes and monthly fruit boxes.
Catrin Thorndike, category & sustainable procurement manager for Sodexo UK & Ireland said: “We are extremely excited to be able to use these vegetables which, apart from their look and size, still retain their nutritional value and delicious taste. The produce is perfect for use in a range of dishes including soups, stews and puddings as it really doesn’t matter what they look like before they are prepared and cooked. If we can demonstrate that our top chefs can create delicious and inspiring dishes using wonky veg then hopefully it will help encourage our customers to do the same at home.”
The implementation of Wasteful to Tasteful also builds on Sodexo’s commitment to offer all consumers healthier lifestyle options by creating more plant-forward and plant-based meals.