Caroline Winters, Director of Public Affairs at Danone
"We work with Company Shop Group because of our shared value that sustainable businesses are a force for good.
As well as supplying surplus stock, we are also proud that members of the Danone team volunteer with Community Shop, to see ﬁrst-hand how the redistribution of surplus stock is being used to help disadvantaged communities around the country."
Steven Butts, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Morrisons
"We’re able to work with Company Shop Group in a ﬂexible way and they’re able to support us to meet our needs. The model works superbly well, primarily because it is sustainable. They’re able to redistribute stock effectively through their own network through a supply chain they built up and through really strong relationships to make sure food is sold to people that really need food at a discounted price."
Brian McClory, Fulﬁlment Operations Director at Ocado
"Our long standing relationship provides us with an effective and efﬁcient solution to responsibly redistribute our surplus stock. Their scale, capability and responsiveness has enabled Company Shop Group to support our sustained growth."
Will Dias, Buying Director at Aldi
" Our Special Buys range is always changing and involves an incredibly wide range of products, so we need a partner with ﬂexibility and scale in order to be able to efﬁciently and safely redistribute any surplus that arises. It’s about so much more than just food and drink. Company Shop Group ﬁts the bill perfectly, and its member only stores mean the stock has a secure route to market and a ready-made customer base."
Hillary Harrison, Process Development Manager at Cranswick
"With the support of M&S and Company Shop Group, we are now ensuring that any inevitable surplus that arises within New Product Development is redistributed in a sustainable manner, which is both environmentally friendly and follows the food waste hierarchy to feed people ﬁrst."
Sam Owens, Procurement Associate at GSK
" Company Shop Group supports GSK by redistributing surplus personal care products, an important product range for members of both Company Shop and Community Shop who are able to use the products to maintain good oral health. GSK requires a high standard of supply chain management and tracking for our products. Company Shop Group's logistical operations really stood out to us due to their very high standards."
Mark Izzard, Group Technical Director at BBF
" By working with Company Shop Group, we are now ensuring that all our edible surplus stock is feeding people ﬁrst. As a result, not only are we generating positive social and environmental impact, but we are also attracting a commercial return where the value of our stock may have previously not been realised."
Sharon Dowell, Technical Manager at Ringtons
"At Ringtons, we are committed to ensuring that our operations are as sustainable as possible, especially when it comes to seasonal forecasting challenges where surplus stock can arise. As the Company Shop Group model offers ﬂexibility, as well as a consultancy service, we are able to identify sustainable solutions to these challenges".
Trish Twohig, Technical Manager at Iceland
"Iceland is delighted to work with Company Shop Group and I would deﬁnitely recommend other retailers to consider this route because it helps us to deal with some of our waste which otherwise would’ve gone in the wrong direction. It saves us money and does the right thing for the community".
Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive Ofﬁcer at Social Enterprise UK
" Community Shop is an excellent example of social entrepreneurism in practice. Working with the retail and manufacturing industry, alongside local organisations and charities in communities across the UK, Community Shop is generating a lasting positive social impact for the people who need it most. Through its pioneering work as a social enterprise and a force for social good, Community Shop is making a real difference to both people and planet".
Rebecca Lees, Health and Wellbeing Manager at Warburtons
"The work of Community Shop is a natural ﬁt for us. Our Community Investment programme, Families Matter, focuses on supporting families in communities in greatest need. What impressed us the most about the Community Shop model, was the all-round support given to members through their own personal development Success Plans. Community Shop does great work which we at Warburtons are proud to support."
Andy Grifﬁths, Head of Value Chain Sustainability at Nestle
"If we are to feed the growing global population whilst increasing resource efﬁciency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions we need solutions like the Company Shop Group model which help ensure good food doesn’t go to waste, whilst delivering real, positive social impact."
Praise From Our Industry Bodies
Nick Downing, Commercial Director at IGD
" As an education and training charity at the heart of the food and grocery sector, we encourage the sharing of best practice to support our industry to develop and improve its excellent offering to shoppers.
Company Shop plays an important role in creating a sustainable supply chain offering for our stakeholders, and provides a commercial, social and environmental return for organisations in an ever-changing, demanding market place."
Peter Maddox, Director at Wrap
" The recently published Resources and Waste Strategy for England recognises the importance of redistribution in tackling the industry wide problem of surplus food ending up as waste. Company Shop Group plays an important role in ensuring that such food is used to feed people. To help identify surplus food, Company Shop Group is supporting implementation of the WRAP and IDG UK Food Waste Roadmap by embedding the principles of ‘Target, Measure, Act’ in the ‘Waste Walk’ audits they offer to their food manufacturing partners."
Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive Ofﬁcer at BRC
" As a valued retail member of the BRC, Company Shop Group shares with our members expert insight into reducing waste, tackling supply chain inefﬁciencies and unlocking value from the surplus stock that may arise within retailer operations - a critical issue across the industry.
Through Company Shop Group’s involvement in the BRC’s food community working groups and best practice sharing as a collective group, the business provides a unique proposition to our members which creates a positive social, economic and environmental impact."