Second chance supermarkets on the rise

In Saint-Quay-Perros (Côtes-d’Armor), in Brittany, the town is already well provided with an Intermarché, a Lidl and a Grand Frais. It has just welcomed a new kind of supermarket. With its red and green logo on a black background adorned with a tree, the Nous anti-waste grocery store opened its seventeenth store in France on Wednesday July 7. Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, which borders the city of Tours, will also have its own on August 18.

On the shelves, food products not quite like the others: short use-by date, dented boxes, packages of ham with slices folded inside… Items still good to eat but which would not go through the doors of ‘a large classic area. Because the particularity of this French network of stores is to sell products which would have been destroyed due to an expiry date or presentations that do not correspond to market standards.

“55% of wastage takes place upstream, among producers, market gardeners, industrialists… and 45% downstream, in stores or at private homes. »Charles Lottmann

This company of the social and solidarity economy, which has obtained the approval of “Solidarity Company of Social Utility” (ESUS) issued by the government for its social and environmental impact, wants to be one of the anti-waste links of the food chain. According to the Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe), 10 million tonnes of food are wasted each year in France, for a market value of 16 billion euros. “55% of wastage takes place upstream, among producers, market gardeners, industrialists … and 45% downstream, in stores or at private homes”, emphasizes Charles Lottmann, co-founder of the Nous anti-waste network.

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“Damaged packages”

Where companies like Phenix and Too Good to Go, which have emerged for less than a decade, can save some of the unsold goods thanks to “last-chance baskets” or donations to associations, We anti-waste is positioned at the level of manufacturers and logisticians. Before, therefore, that food arrived in supermarkets.

“We have 77 packs of Light Morning milk (462 bottles) to be consumed preferably on 08/07/2021 (…) 414 bottles of Bolée des Korrigans cider with a deadline of 02/02/2022. We also have 2 pallets of soy milk (904 bottles) to consume before 03/29/2022. The bottles are clean for sale. Can you give us an offer for the 6 pallets? “. E-mails like this one, emanating from a transport company with photos of the goods in support, Charles Lottmann receives them daily. The carrier was refused his cargo by the large area that he had to deliver because of “Tilted pallets, packages crushed at the bottom of the pallet, damaged packages”. And his sponsor does not want to take back the goods.

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