Skip to main content

Costa Coffee signs world-leading pledge to slash food waste by 2030

Press release   •   Jun 13, 2019 17:27 BST

Costa Coffee has today signed up to the government’s pledge to help halve food waste by 2030.

Last month Costa Coffee attended the ‘Step up to the Plate’ symposium, hosted by the government’s Food Surplus and Waste Champion, Ben Elliot. Alongside several leading High Street brands and supermarkets, Costa Coffee pledged to act and help raise public awareness in partnership with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Commenting on the pledge, Victoria Moorhouse, Head of Sustainability for Costa Coffee, said:

"At Costa Coffee we are committed to playing our part in reducing waste wherever possible. We have a number of initiatives to ensure there is minimal food waste, which includes, first and foremost, an efficient ordering system designed to reduce waste before it is created. We also allow food sold during the last hour of trading that is in date but cannot be sold the following day to be discounted by 50% and empower our stores to make food donations to local charities via our Food Surplus Policy. Finally, for those stores whose waste streams we manage, any food waste that cannot be redistributed we send to Anaerobic Digestion, where it is turned into biogas and bio fertiliser.

We are delighted to be working alongside government to drive change and share best practice, stepping up to the plate and delivering collective action.”

Environment Sectary Michael Gove said:

“Congratulations to Costa Coffee for stepping up to the plate and committing to game-changing action to cut food waste.

“The UK is showing real leadership in this area, and together we will end the environmental and economic scandal that is food waste.”

To read more about our Costa Food Surplus Store Donations Policy, here.

https://www.costa.co.uk/behind-the-beans/our-planet/reducing-waste/

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa Coffee operates over 2,600+ coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,300+ in 32 international markets we are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK and are proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland" by Allegra Strategies for nine years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).

Making a positive contribution to the communities we are part of is extremely important to us, both here in the UK and across the world. That’s why we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity with the aim of improving the life chances of children in coffee growing communities by helping them access a safe, quality education. So far, the Costa Foundation has funded over 80 school projects and changed the lives of more than 75,000 children. We also have a UK-wide Community Programme, which enables our teams to volunteer their time to good causes locally and to invite community groups to make use of our welcoming space in store.

In 2011 Costa Coffee purchased Coffee Nation rebranding it to Costa Express. Today, Costa Express operates over 8,500+ coffee bars in five international markets and proudly serves the same famous Mocha Italia blend found in stores, combined with fresh milk to create a delicious and warming cup of coffee on the go.