Costa Coffee expands partnership with Too Good To Go
Costa Coffee has expanded its partnership with Too Good To Go, a food waste fighting app that provides customers with surplus restaurant food.
Following a successful trial in nine Costa Coffee stores, the app will now be available in 100 participating UK stores covering London, Edinburgh, Exeter, Cardiff, Swansea and Newport.
Victoria Moorhouse, Head of Sustainability at Costa Coffee, said: “We are delighted to be growing our partnership with Too Good to Go, offering customers the chance to purchase unsold food from our stores.
“We are committed to playing our part in reducing food waste across our business, working with organisations such as Too Good to Go, whilst also enabling all our store teams to donate food surplus to local charities, and more recently, signing up to the government’s ‘Step up to the Plate’ pledge.
“We’ve seen some fantastic results working with Too Good to Go, preventing over 25,000kg of CO2 emissions through customers using the app to date. We are looking forward to extending the scheme in the future.”
The ‘Step up to the Plate’ pledge, signed by businesses including Costa and Starbucks, is led by the government’s Food Surplus and Waste Champion Ben Elliot, and asks businesses to commit to halving food waste by 2030.
Commenting on the partnership between Costa and Too Good To Go, Hayley Conick, UK Managing Director at Too Good To Go, said: “We’re thrilled to have rolled out our partnership with Costa Coffee across 100 of their UK stores. We’ve saved over 10,000 meals together to date and now we can have even more impact.
“Food waste is a massive global issue that contributes heavily to climate change, yet over two-thirds of Brits don’t realise that it causes greenhouse gas emissions. By working with brands like Costa Coffee we can make a dent in the vast amount of perfectly edible food that ends up in the bin every day and make a big difference to the planet.”
Costa Coffee was the first large-scale UK coffee chain to partner with Too Good To Go in 2018, and has since seen a total of 10,355 meals collected. Too Good To Go recently announced that is has saved one million meals in the UK since its launch in 2016, preventing an estimated 2,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions. The app has now partnered with more than 2,272 stores and restaurants across the country.
Costa’s commitment to sustainability
As well as using Too Good To Go to tackle food waste, Costa’s commitment to environmental protection is predominantly targeted at reducing the amount of disposable coffee cups thrown away.
In April 2018, Costa announced plans to recycle up to 500 million coffee cups a year by 2020, the same amount used annually by its customers.
The coffee chain also seeks to reduce single-use coffee cup use by offering customers a 25-pence reduction on any hot or cold drink if the customer brings their own reusable cup.
You can find out more about Too Good To Go on the company’s website.