Since the closure of the hospitality sector, the supply chain into the Out of Home market is overstocked with chilled products that are fast approaching the end of their shelf life. Some frozen stock may be adding to the issue.
Our Federations urgently need to understand the scale of the problem we are facing so that we and other trade bodies can find ways to help the industry deal with this stock and mitigate potential food waste.
This may include selling at below cost to companies such as Company Shop or giving the food away to charity operations such as Fareshare. We are also working on options to provide guidance on freezing some chilled lines to provide additional life.
BFFF in conjunction with the FWD and PTF has launched a platform on the BFFF website to collate data on this stock. Here you can list details of the top ten chilled and frozen lines you have overstocks on plus the total value of stock under threat.
All three Federations are making strong representations to Government to ensure that if our industry takes this action, there will be some form of recompense for the inevitable financial losses that will occur.
We appreciate these are extremely difficult and busy times for everyone. But please do take a few moments to upload your data to allow us to understand the scale of the issue.