Renfrew’s redistribution supermarket, Company Shop, has helped its members to collectively save almost £4.2m on their grocery shopping over the past 12 months through the sale of heavily discounted surplus products.
With the cost-of-living crisis severely impacting families across Renfrew, the unique store is proud to be continuing to support thousands of families on means tested benefits, as well as key workers, by giving them the opportunity to shop well for less.
Company Shop Renfrew sells food and household items from leading supermarkets, brands, and manufacturers for around 50% of their retail price after being deemed surplus. This means the products are in-date and perfectly good to eat, use or wear but have minor issues like wonky labelling or seasonal packaging.
By redistributing these surplus products, Company Shop Renfrew, which is based on Renfrew Trading Estate, has also prevented more than 2,000 tonnes of surplus from being needlessly thrown away during the past year.
Company Shop Renfrew is part of a network of 15 stores across England and Scotland and these figures were released as part of the group’s annual Sustainability Report which showed that it handled an incredible 98m surplus products and prevented over 34,000 tonnes of food and drink from going to waste – the equivalent of more than 82m meals.
Gillian Robinson, Store Manager, said: “The increasing cost-of-living is impacting thousands of families in Renfrew and we’re proud to be helping them to continue to eat well and save a significant amount on their weekly shopping bill.
“To have helped our members save over £4.2m on their shopping is a phenomenal achievement, even more so when you consider that all the great products they purchased may have ended up in the bin. Our members are also helping to save the planet as well, with more than 2,000 tonnes of food and drink stopped from waste.”
Company Shop is a member-only supermarket and is open to anyone in receipt of means-tested benefits, as well as those working in the NHS, social care, emergency services, FMCG supply chain, British Armed Forces, prison services and charities (including volunteers).
Those eligible can apply for free lifetime membership by visiting: www.companyshop.co.uk/membership.