Donated ingredients and packaging from 20 companies has been used to make 250,000 jars of pasta sauce for distribution to charities across Australia. The jars will provide one million serves, and represent a retail value of $745,000.
The companies involved in the collaborative supply program are: Simplot, MSM Milling, Manildra Group, Kagome, CV Garlic, IFF, National Starch, Cheetham Salt, Abaris Printing, Amcor Fibre, O-I, Jet/Crown, Amcor Flexibles, Amcor Cartons, Matthews, Too and Sodexo.
Australian food manufacturer Simplot co-ordinated the pasta sauce project by bringing together ten ingredient suppliers, seven packaging providers, a transport company and a corporate funder. Many of these partners have been involved since the program’s inception four years ago.
The pasta sauce initiative is a Foodbank supply program. Foodbank Australia is the country’s largest food relief organisation and last year received and distributed enough food for 32 million meals to more than 2,500 welfare agencies.