Waste minimisation & food rescue

We have been on a journey to minimise our waste, by finding ways to divert it from landfill and focusing on generating less waste in the first place.

Our waste minimisation goals and targets

We launched our national Foodstuffs Waste Minimisation Programme in 2014, to focus on:

  • Separating and organising waste into groups
  • Diverting waste from landfill
  • Reducing the tonnage (weight) of all waste produced onsite
  • Providing progress reporting to all Foodstuffs sites participating in the programme.
  • We now have more than 142 New World and PAK’nSAVE stores, distribution centres and corporate sites on the programme, collectively fighting the war on waste. Since joining, these sites have reduced their landfill waste by 45%!

    In 2021, we updated our new Waste Minimisation Plan, providing detailed guidance to help participating stores achieve their waste reduction goals.  We also set an overall goal to implement the Foodstuffs Waste Minimisation Programme across all sites nationally and to reduce total waste tonnage towards zero by 2025.

    What is our waste made up of?

    Our target is to divert 90% of this waste from landfill by 2023, and we are tracking well, with:

  • 37% of stores already meeting or exceeding this target, and
  • 83% of stores are diverting 80% or more of their waste, through recycling reprocessing, composting and donating.
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    How we've been reducing waste

    Reusable crates, pallet nets and polystyrene bins

    We have focussed on significantly reducing our supply chain packaging and are excited to share our results with you.

    Since 2014, we have:

  • Eliminated 18.5 million cardboard boxes per year by switching to reusable crates.
  • Removed more than 200 tonnes of plastic across our supply chain annually, by switching to NanoWrap, which is one third lighter than traditional pallet wrap. (Pallets are wooden platforms that boxes of stock are moved on.)
  • Removed 102 tonnes of polystyrene, by working with our seafood suppliers to transition to fibre-based cartons and insulation materials that can be recycled or composted. 
  • Food rescue

    No food that's still fit for human consumption should ever go to waste. That's why our stores throughout New Zealand set aside safe, edible food that we couldn't otherwise sell and give it to organisations working to redistribute it to Kiwis in need.

    By partnering with food rescue organisations, we're able to:

  • Connect stores with charities supporting vulnerable members of their communities, and
  • 'Close the loop' by reducing the food waste we send to landfill.
  • Nationally, the equivalent of 8.9 million meals are provided annually to those who need them most. In the South Island, we provided more than 2 million meals. It's an initiative our Foodies team take immense pride in.

    Some of the food rescue organisations we work with, are:

  • Kaibosh
  • Kai Rescue
  • Love Soup
  • KiwiHarvest
  • Foodbank Canterbury
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    What happens to food not fit for human consumption? This food is diverted either to animal stock feed or is composted. Some of our stores, such as New World Orewa, even have their own worm farms!

     

     

     

    Upcycling food

    Yes, food can be upcycled too! Upcycled food are new products made by transforming edible, surplus food and by-products that might be superficially damaged, stale or cast aside, into delicious new offerings. By-products are a product that's created as a result of making something else. For example, bran is a byproduct of turning wheat into refined flour.

    At Foodstuffs, we're working to help change the narrative from surplus food being considered a waste item. To us it's a valuable resource That's why we're working with upcycled food producers such as Citizen Collective who make craft beer from bread that we don't use, and Perfect Deli Fresh who make upcycled pet food from our butchery trimmings.