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Mardi Gras Feast


28/02/2014


Company Shop News


Company Shop, the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus food, was proud to be the food sponsor at the inaugural ‘Mardi Gras Feast’ last night. The evening was in aid of FoodCycle and hosted in the magnificent Carpenter’s Hall in London.

Mardi Gras Feast

Company Shop, the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus food, was proud to be the food sponsor at the inaugural ‘Mardi Gras Feast’ last night. The evening was in aid of FoodCycle and hosted in the magnificent Carpenter’s Hall in London.

The event, which welcomed over 200 guests from across the food, drink and retail industries, was billed as a ‘dining extravaganza’, with seven courses cooked by seven different chefs. The aim of the evening was to raise awareness of both the 4 million people affected by food poverty in the UK, and the 400,000 tonnes of perfectly edible surplus food that is thrown away at retail level every year.

Foodcycle is a UK charity that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. With top class food, live donations and a silent auction, the event raised over £30,000, which will go towards helping the Charity launch another eight ‘FoodCycle Hubs’ this year across the UK, serving healthy three-course meals in a warm and welcoming environment to people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.

John Marren, Chairman of Company Shop, delivered a speech to welcome guests, and threw Company Shop’s support behind FoodCycle. He said:

“It is a real privilege for Company Shop to be the food sponsor because, like FoodCycle, we think differently about surplus food, and see the hugely positive impact it can have every day.

“It is inevitable in a consumer industry that surplus food exists. But what's important is what we do with those surpluses. At Company Shop we're now redistributing over 30,000 tonnes of perfectly edible food a year through our network of staff shops, which could have otherwise been destined for anaerobic digestion, energy from waste or landfill. We're really proud of that record and we're also proud that we're helping retailers, manufacturers and brands do better and think differently, like us and FoodCycle”.

He added:

“Our surplus food is not just reaching industrial sites. Through our new social supermarket, Community Shop, we're taking these surpluses to the most deprived areas, providing access to low cost food, alongside mentoring and advice to the people that need a helping hand in tough times. FoodCycle have been so supportive as we've developed what we're doing. I want to encourage everyone to be committed supporters of what they are doing too.”