Aldi announces 57% reduction in its food waste since 2017



Aldi has announced a 57% reduction in its food waste since 2017, which means it has hit its 2030 target eight years early.

The UK’s fourth-largest supermarket had committed to reduce food waste by 20% by 2025 (relative to a 2017 baseline) and to halve food waste by 2030, in line with the Courtauld 2030 and UN SDG (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) Champions 12.3 commitments. Aldi has now revised this target and is aiming to reduce food waste by 90% by 2030.

Aldi also announced it has donated 40 million meals since 2019 in its inaugural sustainability report through its charity partner Neighbourly and has donated one million meals this Christmas. The supermarket also partnered with the surplus food platform Too Good To Go in 2023.

Giles Hurley, CEO at Aldi UK, commented: “We’ve seen millions of shoppers switch to Aldi during a time when many household incomes are squeezed. At the same time, consumers expect businesses to act responsibly.

“We have a huge role to play in making sustainability affordable for all. We believe that doing the right thing for people and the planet, while offering unbeatable prices, can go hand-in-hand and we’ll continue to report on our progress in the months and years to come.”

Aldi says its new eco-concept store is trialling refill fixtures and is using energy-saving initiatives, such as solar panels and chiller doors, to reduce energy consumption. Redesigning the building structure has also helped reduce overall energy demand by 57%, the supermarket says.

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