Since partnering with FoodCloud in 2017, BWG Foods has donated over 100 tonnes of food, providing over 215,000 meals for people in need across Ireland.
The statistics were announced at the annual BWG Foods Trade Show, which took place on 17th June at the Citywest Hotel. At the event itself, 3 tonnes of surplus food redistributed to local charities such as Meals on Wheels, After Schools Clubs and Homeless Shelters. This is the equivalent of more than 6,000 meals.
This is the third year running that BWG Foods has donated to FoodCloud at the trade show. In 2018, 4.5 tonnes were donated, and 7.3 tonnes were donated in 2017.
Charities such as Little Flower Penny Dinners in Dublin, SVP St. Fiacras Conference in Cork and SVP Laurel Lodge Hostel in Co. Clare are among those who received deliveries from FoodCloud on behalf of BWG Foods following last year’s trade show.
Willie O’Byrne, Managing Director, BWG Foods, said: “We are very proud of the substantial contribution we have made to numerous very worthy charities through our partnership with FoodCloud – a partnership which perfectly captures our values and our commitment to being a sustainable business.”
“Minimising food waste is something that we in BWG Foods are very passionate about and organisations like FoodCloud are to be commended for providing solutions that allow businesses like ours to reduce our environmental impact while also importantly giving back to the communities that we serve across Ireland.”
Speaking after the event, Aoibheann O’Sullivan, FoodCloud CEO, said: “We always look forward to the BWG Foods Trade Show as it provides us with a significant quantity of high quality food for distribution to our charity partners across Ireland while also offering us a unique opportunity to engage with key stakeholders across the grocery industry around how they can help to reduce food waste while supporting those in need.”
“FoodCloud would not be possible without partners such as BWG Foods who have fully embraced the work we do and have, in such a short period of time, helped to make a hugely significant impact through their donations that now exceed 100 tonnes of food.”
Over 200 indigenous and multinational suppliers, spanning categories including health and wellness, fresh food, pre-prepared meals, chilled produce, beverages and confectionery, attended this year’s BWG Foods Trade Show, receiving exclusive access to approximately 1,800 retail representatives representing 900 stores, across the Spar, Eurospar, Mace, Londis and XL retail brands.