What we do

What do we stock?

We stock a large variety of surplus food and drink products from major retailers and top brands. We do not sell alcohol or tobacco.

What is surplus food?

Surplus stock is a common occurrence within the food manufacturing and retail process.

These goods may be short-dated, misshapen, have damaged packaging, have out-of-season promotional packaging, or are simply surplus from over orders. But what’s inside is good, wholesome and in-date food.

How much surplus food exists in the UK?

We estimate that around 3.5 million tonnes of food is wasted every year by the food industry in the UK, before it even reaches people’s shopping baskets. We believe as much as 10% of that waste is fit for human consumption, enough for 800 million meals.

Where do these products come from?

We are working with most of the major retailers and many top brands, including ASDA, Morrisons, The Co-operative, M&S, Tesco, Mondelēz, Nestlé, Ocado, Tetley, Young’s and Muller, amongst others.

As we continue to expand, we’re keen to work with even more of the grocery supply chain. That means the people we help have more choice, and our partners achieve greater social impact.

How can we sell food at prices that are so much lower than the supermarkets can?

It’s important to remember the food we stock is always wholesome and always safe. We have BRC A+ certification and we insist upon the highest standards for all food handled, transported and redistributed by Company Shop.

Unless surplus food is redistributed, it ends up in anaerobic digestion or landfill. We are able to sell this perfectly edible food at a fraction of the original retail price to Community Shop members, because of the processes and infrastructure we have in place.

Who backs Community Shop?

The support we’ve been getting from industry and politicians made it clear to us that there was a real appetite for Community Shop to launch across the UK.

We are urging the entire UK grocery market to join us in making a continued success of this new model. With food poverty a spiralling problem, and food waste high up the agenda, there is widespread political, food industry and public support for social supermarkets. The time is right for us to seize the initiative across the UK.