SPAR wins two prestigious Scottish Green Apple Awards

November 15, 2021 IN THE CATEGORY: Responsible retailing

SPAR Scotland has won two accolades at the 2021 Scottish Green Apple Environment Awards. The SPAR regional operator was awarded the ‘Environmental Best Practice Distribution Gold Winner’ for its partnership with the Dundee West End Community Fridge. They were also crowned the overall Environmental Best Practice National Green Champion.

The Dundee West End Community Fridge aims to reduce food waste by making short-dated or surplus food from local food businesses available to members of the public. As a food waste reduction project, the Fridge is open to anyone from the local community who can benefit from the food seven days per week.

Frozen, chilled, and ambient products that SPAR cannot sell due to supplier delivery error, best before date or overstocking due to promotional activity are uplifted by the Fridge team three times per week, reducing CO2e omission from the supply chain.

The wide range of foodstuffs that the business provides allows the Fridge to offer a good balance of perishable and non-perishable products to people who require emergency food provision.

Zero waste to landfills

Reducing food waste through donations to the Fridge is part of the business’ wider strategy to ensure that the site meets its goal to send zero waste to landfills.

Since its opening in August 2019, the Community Fridge has saved almost 67 tonnes of food from going to waste, resulting in carbon emission savings of 244 tonnes CO2e. The project has so far helped over 2,600 families and individuals with, on average, 100 visitors per day.

The Scottish Green Apple Awards were held on Monday, 25 October 2021, with a special ceremony at Cornhill Castle Biggar.

Source: SPAR UK

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The UK became a SPAR member in 1956 when SPAR International granted the SPAR licence to a group of independent wholesalers. There are now five regional partners in the UK. A central office in London provides national marketing and buying services for the group.

SPAR has led the highly competitive convenience market in the UK for many years. Always innovative, the five regional partners have continued to grow the brand. SPAR UK comprises independently owned licensed retailers and company-owned stores. These include forecourts, airports, train stations, city centres, and local neighbourhood stores.

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