The supply chain solutions company will continue to provide logistics support, knowledge and in-kind contributions to help alleviate hunger and reduce poverty, malnutrition and food waste across Europe
London, 1 June 2022 – Brambles, the global supply chain solutions company operating in 60 countries through the CHEP brand, has agreed to renew its support of the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) and its network for three more years. The partnership between Brambles and FEBA began in 2016, when the two companies started to work together to alleviate hunger and reduce poverty, malnutrition and food waste across Europe.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic FEBA has raised €6.3 million to respond to the emergency of the COVID-19 and ensure the continuity of the activity of European Food Banks. In 2021 341 Food Banks redistributed a total of 907,280 tonnes of food across Europe, reaching 11.8 million people in need, through 45,810 charitable organisations.
Through the renewal of a three-year partnership, Brambles will continue to provide supply chain knowledge in-kind contributions such as training, and voluntary consultancy in safety, logistics and warehouse management as well as donations to help finance FEBA’s operations. The company will also continue with its volunteering programme, allowing its employees to spend three working days supporting local foodbanks. Brambles’ company CHEP also provides its pallets to assist the activities of Food Banks, with these platforms considered vital to daily operations and to maximize the efficiency of food distribution. During the last three years, Brambles has contributed to the activity of FEBA members by helping to redistribute an estimate of over 300,000 tonnes of food transported on CHEP’s pallets.
Angela Frigo, Secretary General of European Food Banks Federation, said “We would like to thank Brambles for their commitment to reducing hunger while also preventing food waste and advancing sustainability. We are honoured to partner with Brambles to leverage its knowledge and expertise to help drive efficiency and scale in Food Banks in Europe. Their competence is an essential asset for the future of our organization”.
“Addressing food security and reducing food waste is - and has always been - part of our Sustainability programme” declared David Cuenca, President, CHEP Europe. “We are committed to collaborating with Food Banks to serve rescued food to millions of people by 2025, and our partnership with FEBA will be the catalysts for this target. We are proud to share with them the same mission of having a positive impact in our planet and society.”
About Brambles Limited (ASX:BXB)
Brambles helps move more goods to more people, in more places than any other organisation on earth. Its pallets and containers form the invisible backbone of the global supply chain and the world’s biggest brands trust Brambles to help them transport their goods more efficiently, sustainably and safely. As pioneers of the sharing economy, Brambles created one of the world's most sustainable logistics businesses through the share and reuse of its platforms under a model known as ‘pooling’. Brambles primarily serves the fast-moving consumer goods (e.g. dry food, grocery, and health and personal care), fresh produce, beverage, retail and general manufacturing industries. The Group employs approximately 12,000 people and owns approximately 345 million pallets, crates and containers through a network of more than 750 service centres. Brambles operates in approximately 60 countries with its largest operations in North America and Western Europe. For further information, please visit www.brambles.com
About European Food Banks Federation (FEBA)
Since 1986, FEBA’s mission has consisted in representing its membership at European and international level; supporting and strengthening Food Banks in Europe by providing training, sharing best practices and knowledge, establishing partnerships; and fostering the creation and development of new Food Banks. FEBA brings together a network of Food Banks which are committed to prevent food waste and to reduce food insecurity.
In 2021, the 341 Food Banks belonging to our membership redistributed 907,280 tonnes of food to 45,810 charitable organisations providing food assistance to 11.8 million most deprived people thanks to the professionalism of 39,781 co-workers (83% volunteers).* In addition to surplus food from the food supply chain, FEBA Members also redistribute food from the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) and the EU Fruits and Vegetables withdrawal scheme, as well as from individual and corporate food collections.