July 19, 2014

All supermarkets should do this!


Fruits and vegetables are facing an absurd situation…

Everything that doesn’t look normal, gets thrown away. Double-headed pears, curly squash, dented eggplants—all tossed.

But a hideous orange makes delicious juice, a grotesque apple still keeps the doctor away and a bumpy potato makes excellent mashers.

All of this “ugly” produce has the potential to feed a family and I think it’s absurd that stores consider it waste. Until now…

In 2014, Intermarché launched the Inglorious Fruits & Vegetables campaign to fight against food waste. They bought the produce that farmers were throwing away (300 million tons a year to be exact) and sold it in stores—for 30 percent cheaper.

Intermarché is celebrating disfigured produce and changing the norm. They are also increasing the awareness of food waste. I think it’s a brilliant way to refocus people onto food quality, rather than its appearance.

>> On average, 1.2 tons were sold per store during the first two days.

>> Overall, there was a 24 percent increase in store traffic.

>> Over 13 million people were reached after one month.

A glorious fight against food waste.





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Linda V. Lewis May 14, 2015 6:10am

At Pete's, an independent store in Halifax, Nova Scotia, any fruit-vegetable-nut-you name it past prime is put on a shelf and discounted. So many people head right for that shelf! Especially with one lemon costing $1.29 each! (that's Canadian, but still ridiculous!)

Micki Apr 30, 2015 6:26am

If they want to help the needy, why not 50 percent off.

Ruth Apr 14, 2015 6:49am

God Bless You Cristy. I work in a food pantry and I know the people who shop there appreciate when we have produce, perfect or not.

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