Yorkshire firm Orchard Facilities Management has created the perfect partnership by winning a contract to minimise waste at Approved Food, a business set up by entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den contestant Dan Cluderay.
Sheffield-based Approved Food is a cut-price, online grocer, which specialises in surplus and out of date stock. Its business ethos is based on reducing waste.
Julian Watts, commercial manager at Approved Food, said: “Teaming up with Orchard is ideal as it will support our wider campaign to throw away less food, by practising what we preach. We want to minimise waste and keep operational costs low.
“Approved Food specialises in surplus and short-dated stock (food that is near or just passed its ‘best before’ date) which means every saving we make gets passed onto our customers. What we do ultimately prevents food being sent to landfill unnecessarily.”
The company is running a #PerfectlyGood campaign – to educate the public on Best Before dates and what they mean, compared to Use/Sell By dates. They aim to show that most of the food we throw away is still #PerfectlyGood to eat.
Orchard Facilities Management, based at Elland, Halifax, specialises in delivering tailored facilities management solutions for business of all sizes, from small and medium sized enterprises to large multi-site organisations.
Services include data and IT managed services, pest control, building services and all types of waste management, including clinical, hazardous and washroom services.
Justin Holley, operations director at Orchard, said: “The deal with Approved Food will see us working together to streamline waste management services. We will also be looking at other facilities management initiatives that will hopefully see us expanding our role with them to also manage pest control and fire safety.”
Approved Food is the largest online retailer of short dated and residual stock food and drinks. It buys in large quantities – passing on considerable savings to customers.
Starting off as market traders in Hull and Doncaster, Dan and his wife Nichola progressed into food wholesale, supplying other market traders. From wholesale they moved into a number of retail outlets that supplied both the public and wholesale trade and Approved Food was born in 2009.