Morrisons launches “Weigh What You Need” service to reduce food waste

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Morrisons food waste
// Morrisons has revealed its food weighing service to help customers find exact ingredients
// The initiative aims to cut down on food waste
// The UK currently generates 10.2m tonnes of food waste each year

Morrisons has launched a “We’ll Weigh What You Need” service nationwide at its fresh food counters to help customers buy exact food items in order to reduce food waste.

The initiative is the Big 4 grocer’s aim to cut down on food waste in customers’ homes as each household in the UK reportedly wastes £500 worth of food each year, according to the government’s Food Waste Champion’s findings.

As part of ‘We’ll Weigh What You Need”, Morrisons’ butchers, fishmongers and deli specialists will serve customers the exact amounts of food they require for a recipe.

Meanwhile, information on portion sizes will be written on counter labels for cuts of meat, fish, cheese, tapas and olives to help guide customers on how much of each ingredient is required.

Storage advice is also provided in stores so customers can stretch their household budgets.

In order to avoid plastic usage, customers can also bring their own containers for the ingredients.

Food waste is currently one of the biggest customer concerns, and just last week the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs found that the UK currently generates 10.2 million tonnes of food waste each year.

“Listening to customers has told us they want help at our fresh food counters, because they don’t know how much to buy, they want to reduce their food waste, or they want to reduce the cost of their food shop,” Morrisons director of market street operations Jayne Wall said.

“Our expert counter staff will help them buy exactly what they need, reducing their food waste bill and saving their pennies in the process.”

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Expert counter staff? Don’t make me laugh. I used to work at Morrisons, some of the most miserable and incompetent people I’ve ever met.
    Hopefully it’s changed under the current CEO, that was back in the Dalton days. The dark times…

  2. That’s all well and good, but the majority of their fruit and veg is pre packed in plastic packaging (most of which is non recyclable)and in specific numbers. Not everyone wants to buy 6 apples, pears etc at a time.There are some loose options, but a very limited choice. Whilst I acknowledge their buy only what you need approach and there paper carrier bags, they still have a very long way to go.

  3. What a load of crap. Frozen fish increased by 20 per cent. paper plates increased from £1 to £175.
    After years of a faithful customer now shopping at aldi

  4. The only new thing is taking it own box, any fresh counter service ( for the few stores that provide this) will give you the exact amount u want, as they have to cut it and u ask by size or weight, when Morrisons start allowing us to take our own boxes in for cereal refill etc then I will go back to shopping there.

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