Aldi scraps best before dates on 60 own brand products to tackle food waste

It is part of the supermarket’s commitment to reduce food waste by 20% by 2025 and halve it by 2030

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Aldi has announced it is removing best before dates from around 60 of its own brand products to help householders tackle food waste.

It will scrap the dates from fresh fruit and vegetable lines, including apples, pears, citrus fruits, potatoes, carrots and onions, which is expected to help households save on food waste every year.

It joins a growing number of supermarkets in the UK, including M&S, Asda and Sainsbury’s, that pledged to ditch best before dates on fresh products.

The latest announcement is part of Aldi’s commitment to reduce food waste by 20% by 2025 and halve it by 2030.

It has also partnered with surplus food app Too Good To Go in some stores, which will see products that are approaching their use by date collated into ‘Magic Bags’ containing at least £10 worth of groceries that customers can buy for £3.30 each via the app, before collecting them from the store.

Liz Fox, Corporate Responsibility Director at Aldi UK said: “One of the reasons we are the UK’s cheapest supermarket is because we cut down on waste wherever we see it. And by getting rid of these dates on packaging, we can help customers get even better value by reducing the amount of food that goes to waste at home.

“This latest step, together with our partnerships with Neighbourly and Too Good To Go, is all part of our efforts to provide affordable, sustainable and responsible products for all our customers.”