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Waste? Rather not!

According to a report by the United Nations we lose 1/3 of all the food we produce worldwide. 1.3 billion tons. In Belgium, we contribute to food waste as well, by each wasting about 345 kg of food every year. Luckily, we can all do our part to turn the tide. With measures in our stores and a little push in the right direction to throw away less at home.

Throwing away less is easy

Obviously, you don't consume all the fresh products you buy on the same day. If you know enough about shelf life, you’ll be slower to throw away something from your fridge.

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Fresh cheese Everyday
The terms ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ mean two completely different things

We sell 97.27% of our fresh and frozen food

How do we do that? By keeping an eye on what our customers want. We check to see which products aren’t selling well in our Colruyt, OKay and Bio-Planet shops every 3 months. We reduce the volumes of these products on the shelves, or replace them with products which sell better in a particular shop or region. So eventually, each shop will get a tailor-made range for its customers, which produces less waste.

Checking out
Our shops select their range and stock based on what sells well to their customers.

An automated ordering system ensures optimum stocks in the shops. Not too little, because we want to be able to serve everyone, but not too much either. Otherwise, we’ll get stuck with products which are approaching their expiry date and are unsold.

Looking after those with less

We look for a useful destination for the 2.73% of foods we don't sell. We make as much of it as possible available to those who need it, and incinerate as little as possible.

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Lorry of The Food Banks
The Food Banks come to our distribution centre in Halle each day to collect any surplus.

With this initiative, we contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

No proverty Zero hunger Responsible consumption & production