Every day, nearly 2,200 tons of food are thrown away in Denmark, and in a large enterprise like Salling Group, food waste cannot be entirely avoided, no matter how much we'd like it to be. Whether it occurs at home or in the store, food waste is detrimental to both the environment and the economy.
Salling Group has an ambitious goal of cutting our food waste in half before 2030 while simultaneously assisting customers in reducing their waste.
Reducing food waste is thus a significant focus in all aspects of the business that we have direct control over. We are precise in our ordering of products, we reduce prices on items approaching their expiration date and we are meticulous in handling products during transportation to prevent damage that might render them unsellable in stores.
Fortunately, we enjoy good collaboration with FødevareBanken, Wefood (Folkekirkens Nødhjælp) and Stop Spild Lokalt, which are organisations that collect unsellable items that can still be of use. See who else we collaborate with here
This, along with much more, contributes to our ability to reduce many tons of food waste every year.
In 2016, Salling Group was also the first retail company in Denmark to publish its food waste figures openly. Our food waste percentage has been decreasing since then. In 2015, which serves as our baseline, the food waste percentage for our operations in Denmark was 2.81 percent. By 2022, it had decreased to 2.36 percent. We work every day to further decrease this number through inspiring our customers, donations and a systematic effort.