The fight against food waste

Food waste is a major challenge that puts a strain on the environment while being a significant expense for Salling Group. This is why this is a high-priority area and we are investing in solutions and initiatives to ensure that we reach our goal: a 50% reduction in food waste leading up to 2030.

To create transparency and focus, we are the first in Danish retail to publish our food waste figures. They show that our efforts are paying off, and that in 2017 alone, we reduced our food waste by 2,400 tonnes.

Effective food waste initiatives

In a large concern such as Salling Group, food waste, however much we strive, cannot totally be avoided. However, when we can reduce our food waste every year by several tonnes, it is because we have taken on the challenge on multiple levels.

Netto has entered into a strategic partnership with the Danish Food Bank, which means that the organisation distributes food from Netto til Kirkens Korshær and others. Also, føtex is the main supplier of surplus food to the Wefood stores.

All employees in the group are committed to our food waste agenda, and we are in dialogue with customers, suppliers and organisations that fight against food waste. With new ideas, new processes, new technology and a lot of good will, we can tackle the problem together.

Partnership with the Danish Food Bank

From food waste to meals is the philosophy behind the Danish Food Bank, which Salling Group has been in partnership with since 2014. The purpose is to donate surplus food from our shops and warehouses to the Danish Food Bank, which redistributes the goods to disadvantaged citizens.

The goods are typically those that are approaching their sell-by date. They may have damaged packaging or spots on apples, but are of good quality and help many people in their everyday lives.

The Nordic region's first social supermarket

Dented tomato cans and crooked cucumbers are too good to end up in the bin. In 2016, Salling Group therefore helped to make the Nordic region's first supermarket with surplus goods a reality.

Today, we are one of the largest suppliers to the three surplus shops, Wefood, run by DanChurchAid and volunteer helpers. The Wefood shops only sell groceries such as bread, fruit and vegetables, canned food and milk products that, for various reasons, cannot be sold in supermarkets, the price typically reduced by 50-70%. The profits from the Wefood shops go to the world's poorest.

Swipe food waste away 

Netto’s food waste app, Mad Skal Spises, gathers all surplus goods across the shops and provides customers with an overview of how they can save money and at the same time fight food waste in the local area. The app has been downloaded more than 125,000 times.

We lower the price

When our goods are approaching their sell-by dates, we bring their prices down and highlight them with yellow stickers. In many of our stores, the items are even gathered together, so they are easy for our customers to find.

Organic waste turned into energy 

If it is not possible for us to sell an item or donate it to an organisation that can make other people happy in their everyday lives, the food product is still not wasted. føtex and Bilka stores throughout the country recycle the majority of their organic waste. Instead of ending up in the trash, it is converted into biogas or fertiliser. This ensures that the organic waste becomes energy.

Less food waste across the value chain

Our SAP IT system monitors our goods throughout their journey in the value chain. By focusing on the categories where the largest amount is discarded, we are able to find the causes of food waste. This makes it easier to find solutions to reduce our food waste in all parts of the business.