Environmental solutions specialist Phenix and F&B firm Areas have helped distribute more than 99,500kg of surplus airport food to at-risk groups in Madrid.

The main goal of this circular economy project is to reduce food waste at Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport, the partners said. The project started in 2019, aimed at helping low-income families and people at risk of social exclusion across the Spanish capital. Since then, almost 100,000 tons of airport food have been redistributed. This is equivalent to €251,000 and 181,000 meals, and has saved more than 183,740kg of CO2 emissions.

In February 2023, Palma de Mallorca Airport joined the project, and now redistributes its surplus food to the Palma de Mallorca Food Bank, helping local low-income families.

Félix Gómez, director of concepts and standards at Areas Iberia, confirmed that there are plans to implement this project at other Spanish airports, adding, “ever since we implemented this initiative it has been a major success. During the first few years of the project, we have helped thousands of families and our goal is to continue along this path”.

Reducing food waste forms a key part of Areas’ sustainability strategy.

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