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Surplus from the food industry

FareShare UK is a tried and tested solution, with over 20 years experience of working with the food industry.

We follow the principles of the food use pyramid.

When surplus food arises, it should first be directed to feed people in need before being considered for livestock feed, compost and renewable energy and lastly landfill disposal, which is hugely damaging to the environment.

If you have quality surplus food and are looking for the most ethical solution, contact us today. If you’re a food company, we can help you identify opportunities to capture food surpluses within your supply chain and redistribute it for consumption.

Benefits to your company

  • Potential financial savings
  • Product traceability with social responsibility
  • Environmental benefits – a reduction in your company’s carbon footprint
  • Ethical supply chain – knowing your company is doing the right thing with edible surplus
  • A clear and tangible contribution to your CSR and sustainability strategy

What food we can take


FareShare redistributes all sorts of surplus food, including meat, dairy, fruit, vegetables and ready meals, along with tinned and packet foods such as tuna, rice and coffee. Any food accepted by FareShare must comply with food safety legislation, be within its use by and best before dates and be packaged appropriately.

Surpluses may occur for a variety of reasons including overstocks, production trials, retailer rejections, seasonal stocks, damages or deleted lines.

Please note: We cannot accept unpackaged prepared food, or food in highly damaged packaging.

Please get in touch if your company is interested in passing on their surplus food:

Non surplus food donations

Although the large majority of the food we redistribute comes from food industry surplus, we are always grateful to take donations of non-perishable, in-date products from individuals or groups.

Food can be dropped off at our warehouse in Moulsecoomb – Units 3-4 Fairway Business Centre, Westergate Road, Brighton, BN2 4JZ.

We also have several food collection points in the area where you can drop food items.

  • Exeter Street Hall, Exeter Street, Brighton
  • Sainsburys – New England Street, Brighton
  • Sainsbury’s – Lewes Road, Brighton
  • Sainsbury’s – Queens Road, Brighton
  • Tesco – Church Road, Hove
  • Tesco – Boundary Road, Portslade
  • Tesco – Holmbush Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea
  • Tesco – Hammonds Farm, Burgess Hill
  • Tesco – Hazelwick Avenue, Crawley
  • Tesco Gatwick Extra – Reigate Road, Horley
  • Co-operative – Blatchington Road, Hove
  • Co-operative – Meridian Way, Peacehaven

The Neighbourhood Food Collection

Every year, FareShare takes part in a large-scale food collection in Tesco stores across the country. Over three days, Tesco customers are invited to purchase an extra non-perishable food item with their shopping to donate. At the end of the event the food is totalled up, topped up by a 20% financial donation from Tesco and distributed to each of the FareShare Regional Centres and Trussell Trust food banks.

Get in touch if you would like to be added to the event mailing list to be the first to know about volunteering positions across the Sussex stores. If you are a national company and are interested in getting involved visit our FareShare UK website.