Best before dates scrapped to slash waste at Aldi

loose fruit and veg in aldi supermarket

ALDI is set to remove best before dates across a selection of fresh fruit and veg lines by the end of the year.

The discounter will remove best before dates from around 60 of its own-brand fruit and veg lines including apples, pears, citrus fruits, potatoes, carrots and onions in a bid to
reduce food waste.

It forms part of Aldi’s wider commitment to reduce its own food waste by 25% by 2025 and then halve it by 2030.

As part of its food waste prevention initiative, Aldi has partnered with surplus food app Too Good To Go in some stores.

Products approaching their use-by dates across the complying stores will be packed into the app’s ‘Magic Bags’, which contain around £10 worth of groceries that consumers can then buy for a cheaper price.

The discounter has also teamed up with surplus food redistribution platform Neighbourly in a move that will see the retailer donate food to local charities across the UK.

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 whenever 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.”