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Carrefour officially takes part in national anti-food waste day

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On 14 June, Carrefour signed the “National Pact to Combat Food Waste" with France's Ministry of Agriculture On 16 October, to mark national anti-food waste day, the Carrefour Foundation is working alongside the ANDES (national association to develop cooperative grocers in France) and the FPLM (a group of 5 associations set up to redistribute unsold fish) as part of this Paris-based event organised by Guillaume Garot, junior minister for the food industry. The day has seen Paris-based shops giving away several hundred kilograms of unsold fruit and vegetables which have then been turned into smoothies and fruit juices that people have enjoyed in the capital's Place de la République.

The ANDES produces smoothies made from unsold fruit and vegetables, while the FPLM distributes fish soup made from unauctioned fish.

For Carrefour, it has been an opportunity to:
> Inform the general public of the various initiatives that the Carrefour Foundation is involved in within the framework of the work it does to tackle food-related exclusion, particularly through donations to the most disadvantaged and the support it gives to cooperative grocers and the FPLM.
> Show that tackling wastage creates jobs: since 2009, 164 people have been recruited by the FPLM!
> Remind people that the whole Carrefour Group is involved all year round through its Foundation: in 2012, 83 million meals were distributed, making Carrefour the leading private donor to food banks in France!

In many stores throughout France, in addition to the various initiatives to tackle waste - such as special offers that apply to single items as well as multiple purchases, and the deployment of a team of "anti-wastage coaches” - on 16 October, an awareness-raising campaign is being rolled out in partnership with Ethicity, targeting our customers and encouraging them to tackle food wastage. A website dedicated to tackling food wastage has also been set up: www.anti-gaspillage.carrefour.fr.

Internally, at Carrefour head office, an anti-food wastage awareness-raising campaign targeting employees was carried out. The ANDES and the FLPM, two associations supported by the Carrefour Foundation, offered them some delicious apple juice made from unsold apples, together with fish soup made by the Panier de la Mer association. Staff at the company restaurant were also on hand to offer employees tips on how to dine “intelligently without wasting food”.

Carrefour is also involved in tackling food wastage in the various countries in which it operates.

There is a similar aid initiative in operation in Spain where more than 2000 t of food products are given out every year to people thanks to donations from Carrefour Spain – the country's leading food donor. And a food bank has been created in Brazil, enabling Carrefour Brazil to distribute nearly 1000 t of unsold products. In Poland, Carrefour strives to raise its customers' awareness of the importance of environmentally-friendly behaviour and gives them tips on how to tackle food wastage – such as only purchasing the quantities of products that they actually need and correctly understanding use-by dates and best-before dates. And at home, people are advised to close the refrigerator, recycle domestic waste and share ideas for recipes so that any left-overs can be used up.

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