From today, customers can reserve and purchase AH Overblijvers packages in all Dutch Albert Heijn stores via the AH app. Leftovers are products that remain at the end of the day and have an expiration date that is approaching or expired. With AH Remainers, the expectation is to save a further 4.5 million kilos of food. This step fits in with Albert Heijn’s goal to waste 50% less food by 2030 compared to 2015.
Based on this mission, Albert Heijn works for a healthier, social and more sustainable society. Albert Heijn wants to make the food system more sustainable in order to pass on a living earth to the next generations. Less food waste plays an important role in this. “We think that every kilo of wasted food is one too many. It’s not only a huge waste of the food and the energy that went into making the product, it also has a negative effect on the climate,” says Henk van Harn, director of merchandising & sourcing at Albert Heijn. “In the chains, in the shops and by tipping our customers, we do everything we can to reduce food waste. With AH Overblijvers available in Albert Heijn stores and AH to go’s from today, we are taking another step in this direction.”
Leftovers are products that remain at the end of the day and have an expiration date that is approaching or expired. A collection of these products can be purchased from today as an AH Overblijvers package. Customers can see in the AH app which packages are available in their store. They can reserve it and pick it up at the store at the end of the day. For an extra affordable price, you can choose from the following AH Leftovers packages: Surprise, Vegetarian, Bakery (Love & Passion bread, donuts and bake-off bread). Bread from Yesterday and the Waste-me-not bag will soon also fall under the AH Overblijver concept. With this national initiative, Albert Heijn is expected to save an additional 4.5 million kilos of food waste per year.
Waste-me-not bag becomes AH Remainders Fruit & Vegetable Bag
With the Green & Fruit Bag – formerly the Spild-me-me bag – 5.5 million pieces of fruit and vegetables, approximately 3.5 million kilos, are saved on an annual basis. For €1.00, customers receive a reusable fresh bag filled with fruit and vegetables that are slightly overripe or have a blemish, but are still just as tasty. The bag contains all kinds of fruit and vegetables such as apples, onions, tangerines, courgettes and tomatoes and has a value of €3.00. All available bags of that day are in the fruit and vegetable department. This remaining variant cannot be reserved via the app.
Yesterday’s bread becomes AH leftover bread
Bread that is delivered fresh to the store and bread that is baked in the store and not sold on the day itself is sold the following day until 11.00 for an extra affordable price. This remaining variant cannot be reserved via the app.
What else does Albert Heijn do to combat food waste:
Albert Heijn has used the 35% label for more than 10 years. This sticker is placed on products before 10 and ensures that they are sold at a discount all day long. The supermarket chain already prices products that have a longer shelf life or that customers cannot consume in one day, a few days before the best before date.
Fresh products are dynamically discounted in more than 125 Albert Heijn stores. Dynamic discount links the discount percentage to the last date of use. The system works with an algorithm that looks at stock in the store and date, in combination with expected sales. Based on this, the algorithm calculates the discount percentage. The calculated discount percentage can be seen on the price tag and is settled automatically at checkout. This also prevents food waste.
Albert Heijn supports the Waste Free Week, which starts next week. Together Against Food Waste is organizing the fourth edition of the Waste Free Week in 2022. A week that challenges people to waste as little food as possible. The more people who participate, the more food and drink is saved. A simple action for a better climate. More information can be found at www.afvalsvrijeweek.nl.