Sustainable lifestyle 1.2 Food waste prevention

    supporting healthy eating by zabka group
    strategic pillars

    Our goals

    Our progress in 2023

    Every year, as much as 1/3 of the food produced around the world is wasted, including 5 million tonnes in Poland. This is an environmental as well as an economic problem, driven by the increased use of resources and overproduction of waste. 

    To address the situation, in 2023 we set up a food-waste prevention programme, for which we agreed a strategic roadmap. We noticed the rising challenge of food waste that is impacted by the rapid growth of our chain. We have reviewed our own operations and reduced food waste intensity by 27%, and we have been testing new initiatives and will gradually implement them in the network. With a focus on customer satisfaction as well as waste optimisation, we are finalising a pilot phase for five initiatives across the whole product life-cycle, from supply planning right through storage, distribution and store implementation to sale or withdrawal. 

    In the first step, we have introduced a number of stock-management initiatives in our distribution centres, allowing us to increase delivery efficiency and flexibility. Thanks to the introduction of GS1 bar codes in recent years, our franchisees can now analyse inventory in their stores in real time. They now know when the best-before date of own brand products is approaching, meaning they can reduce their prices or change their display in store. As a result, the store reduces possible losses, and the customer can buy a high-quality product at an attractive discount. 

    Products with a short expiry date are transferred to Caritas, which receives them directly from logistics centers, as well as to the Federation of Polish Food Banks and the Kamilian Social Welfare Mission. Then, the branches of the above-mentioned organizations distribute the received products to local communities through various facilities and institutions, including canteens, social therapy centers and shelters for people in a homelessness crisis. These organizations also provide food in the form of packages directly to those under their care, including specific individuals and families. In 2023, the Żabka chain donated food worth a total of PLN 8,671,000 to public benefit organizations.

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