We work hard to find ways to redistribute as many items as we can and our capabilities are always improving. Give our Commercial Team a call to discuss your surplus products and they’ll be able to give you their expert advice. Surplus Hotline details 0800 211 84 84 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes. Many of our partners choose to donate their surplus stock. We use this donated stock to power our life changing work in Community Shop – helping us to build stronger individuals and more confident communities. Don’t worry if you don’t think that your stock will be suitable for Community Shop. The beauty of our Group model is that we can take any type and volume of stock, and if there is too much (or it is not suitable e.g. alcohol) for Community Shop, then we can sell it through Company Shop and give Community Shop the full value of the donation as a credit, enabling Company Shop to benefit from the wider Group product range. This means that our Community Shop members have access to a high quality and full shopping offer at deeply discounted prices – ensuring that they get what they need rather than what they are given under a traditional surplus donation model. We can also offer you a blended approach for your surplus – we can pay you for some and you can donate some – the best of both worlds. If you have surplus products, email email@example.com or call 0800 211 84 84 where our team of category specialists will be able to advise you further.
Yes. We actively encourage visits to our HQ, so you can see and understand our capabilities at first hand.
We’ve developed a sustainable model, which makes sure that the sales of products in our stores fund the services and activities we offer. For that reason, we don’t use volunteers. However, we help hundreds of people each year to become Community Leaders through our training programmes. So there may be another way that we can use your talent and time. If you’d like to discuss your options send an email firstname.lastname@example.org to or give us a call on 01226 747121.
We’re always looking for places where a Community Shop would be most valued. We work with local authorities and lots of partner organisations to understand this. If you’d like to tell us about a place you think would be ideal let us know at or give us a call on 01226 747121.
Yes, as a commercial redistributor we pay you for your surplus stock – it’s as simple as that. In 2019, we paid our industry partners £18.2million for their stock. This means that we have paid over £125million for surplus stock in the last 10 years. In addition to a financial return, importantly, our solution helps you to fulfil your environmental and social aims too. If you have surplus products, email email@example.com or call 0800 211 84 84 where our team of category specialists will be able to advise you further.
We have our own fleet of vehicles if you’re unable to transport goods to us and we always try to use the most environmentally friendly method of transport. Email our commercial team on firstname.lastname@example.org
The minimum amount we can take is one pallet.
Members can only buy six of the same product. Any purchases above this amount are flagged on our systems.
We find a solution that works for you, whether we collect, or you deliver. It’s really simple. If you have surplus products, email email@example.com or call 0800 211 84 84 where our team of category specialists will be able to advise you further.
As a commercial business we pay you for your surplus – it’s as simple as that. In fact, over the past 10 years, we've returned over £100 million to our industry. Give us a call on SURPLUS HOTLINE NUMBER 0800 211 84 84. In addition to a financial return, our solution aligns with environmental objectives and targets such as Champions 23.3, WRAPS Target, Measure Act and Courtauld 2025.
Let’s talk. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re committed to making a meaningful social and environmental impact. One of the most important ways we do this is through our award-winning social enterprise, Community Shop. It’s the UK’s first social supermarket chain and serves 14,000 people with nearly ten million meals. All our Community Shops are in areas of complex deprivation. The food on sale is all surplus stock and is sold to members at deeply discounted prices. But Community Shops do far more than just help families on tight budgets to access great value food. Members also enrol on a tailored personal development programme, where they can access skills training and get advice on debt, family budgeting and employability. This helps to fight the causes of food poverty by empowering individuals and building stronger communities. We have plans to develop our network further, so we can help even more people across the UK as soon as possible.
We use the same stringent processes that we do in our Company Shops. We use inkjet printing or labelling and we mark packaging so it can’t be returned to the retailer. For example “Staff sales” might be printed on products.
All the products we sell are traceable through our closed membership group. So we’re able to speak directly to members who’ve purchased recalled products and advise them in line with FSA guidance.
We have stringent processes in place through inkjet printing or labelling. We mark packaging so it can’t be returned to the retailer. For example “Staff sales” might be printed on products.
We help our members through three interconnected spaces: Community Store Everything you’d expect from a local supermarket, but with deeply discounted prices. We take surplus donations from top retailers, manufactures and brands to help feed families for less and stop perfectly good products from going to waste. Community Hub The money we make in the Community Store helps provide all sorts of services through our Community Hub. These services cover everything from employability skills to accessing further education to debt advice to home budgeting. They’re designed to help members feel inspired, improve their confidence and become the best version of themselves. Community Kitchen Good food always brings people together and our Community Kitchen café spaces are great places to grab a decent meal, hold a family event or meet with friends to chat and share stories. The bonds made here extend beyond our doors and out into our communities.
Community Shop gives the food industry the opportunity to donate surplus products, so we can use them as a catalyst to empower individuals and build stronger and more confident communities. These donations save waste, ease family food bills and give our members the space, tools and support to flourish.
We have a 150,000 stong membership base, with 7 Company Shop superstores, 5 Community Shops and 7 staff shops.
We have a 150,000 strong membership base, with 18 Company Shops across the UK.
We have ambitious expansion plans. In 2019 we opened a Community Shop in Halton in the North West and our first superstore in Scotland in Renfrew.
Surplus arises for many reasons, including:
- Work in progress and surplus ingredients
- Trial products and new product development (NPD)
- Seasonal and promotional products
- Old/promotional/seasonal packaging, de-lists and rebrands
- Over production and overstocks
- Specification or quality rejections
- Stock with foreign labels
- Part pallets
- Tempered surplus
- Manufacturing or labeling errors
- Damaged products
- Misaligned packaging
- Bulk products
- Short shelf life
- Fractured multi-packs
- Home shopping returns
- Bottle wash – where a bottle (or can) has broken, contamination the surrounding stock
We sell pretty much everything you’d expect to find in a supermarket, but no alcohol.
- Non food
- Pet care
- Personal care
Community Shop is Company Shop Group’s award-winning social enterprise. It’s the UK’s first social supermarket chain and serves 14,000 people with nearly ten million meals. All our Community Shops are in areas of complex deprivation. The food on sale is all surplus stock and is sold to members at deeply discounted prices. But Community Shops do far more than just help families on tight budgets to access great value food. Members also enrol on a tailored personal development programme, where they can access skills training and get advice on debt, family budgeting and employability. This helps to fight the causes of food poverty by empowering individuals and building stronger communities. Our Community Shops are built around three interconnected spaces: a Community Store, which sells deeply discounted surplus products, donated by top retailers, manufacturers and brands; a Community Hub, which provides all sorts of services from debt advice to community leadership programmes; and a Community Kitchen, which brings people together through good quality, deeply discounted food and all sorts of community events.
These are products that won’t find their way onto the shelves of mainstream retailers and so need another home. Surplus occurs for many reasons (click here), such as labeling errors, overproduction, left over part-pallets, new product developments and many more reasons. We believe that if you see surplus as waste, you’ll treat it as such. We’re all about changing mindsets so that everyone sees waste as surplus and is able to unlock its true value. If you have leftover or irregular products, or work in progress or even leftover ingredients and are unsure whether they can be redistributed, contact us and let us see if we can help. Email: email@example.com Or call: 0800 211 84 84
Pretty much anything you’d expect to find in a large format supermarket, including:
- Chilled Food and Drinks
- Frozen Food
- Ambient Food and Drink
- Beers, Wines & Spirits
- Non food e.g. clothing and electricals
- Pet care
- Personal care
We only sell products to our members through our network of Company Shops, as well as through our network of award-winning social enterprises, Community Shop.
Surplus can happen anywhere along the supply chain, in any process, on any site, in any weather, to any business. Some surplus is avoidable and we work closely with our partners to identify the root cause and remedies. But it is inevitable that other unavoidable surplus does occur and then it becomes about doing the right thing – commercially, environmentally, socially. Often a business doesn’t recognise surplus, because the product is being treated as a waste stream. This is where we work hard to change mindsets and turn a problem into a solution. Because we work with partners throughout the FMCG supply chain, we can support you with your surplus, from grower/producer right through packaging and logistics to end retailer. If you have leftover or irregular products; work in progress or even leftover ingredients; and are unsure whether they can be redistributed, contact us and let us see if we can help. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or call: 0800 211 84 84
Company Shop members Unlike normal supermarkets, you need to be a member to shop at a Company Shop. You can only apply for membership if you’re in one of the following groups:
- Employees who work in the FMCG food supply chain.
- NHS (including volunteers, students, GP Practices & NHS Dentists)
- Police Officers (including special Police Officers)
- Fire Service Staff
- Those in receipt of a qualifying pension from the groups above
Retailers We are approved by all the major UK Grocery retailers and other High Street retailers to re-distribute their own-label stock, whether that comes direct from them or from any other business in their supply chain. MYTH BUSTER - Yes, that means that we can redistribute your retailer packaged stock without you having to strip/deface it and you do not have to ask permission from the retailer either! Manufacturers We work with over 600 manufacturers across the FMCG and Food Service supply chains, providing commercial and social solutions for surplus stock (even if it is in retailer own-label packaging). We also work with many other businesses and organisations including: Packers, Third-party Logistics providers (3PLs), Hauliers, Growers, Wholesalers, Exporters/Importers, Industry bodies, Community and Charity Partners and many more.
We are the UK’s leading redistributor of surplus products. We have a focus on food and drink, but that is only half of the story. We also redistribute non-food items from household and personal care through to homewares, pet care, seasonal goods, gifts, clothing and outside living. Pretty much anything that you would find in a large format retailer. Championing our profit and purpose model, Company Shop is our commercial operation and Community Shop is our award-winning social enterprise. We offer a commercial return for surplus or accept donated surplus products to deliver life-changing work in Community Shop. We can even do a bit of both! To find out more: If we can help you identify and redistribute your surplus stock, email us at email@example.com or call us on 0800 211 84 84.
It helps protect the integrity of our clients’ brands. We have contractual arrangements with our retail clients for us to sell their branded products. These are unique to Company Shop and are based around our members being from the food supply chain, alongside those from the Police Force, Fire Brigade and frontline NHS/Ambulance Services. Historically, this is because people working in the food supply chain have often had access to “factory shops” on manufacturing sites. As this is where our business originated, this arrangement has continued with the support of our retail clients. Changing our membership criteria would stretch the surplus stock we currently receive and would give our current and future members a service that didn’t work nearly as well.
Community Shop started out in December 2013. We saw an opportunity to think differently about food waste and food insecurity. We knew that food surplus was an inevitable part of the food manufacturing process. But we were also aware that an increasing number of British people were on the cusp of food poverty. From this understanding, Community Shop was born.