Only two months since the grand opening of Denmark’s first food waste supermarket Wefood, the charity organisation Folkekirkens Nødhjælp that runs the store has announced plans for expansion.
The organisation would like to see another surplus supermarket open in the capital and also in Aarhus.
“We would like to have one more shop in Copenhagen, and we also want to expand to Aarhus in 2017,” Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen, the general secretary at Folkekirkens Nødhjælp, told DR.
“Aarhus will be the European capital of culture in 2017 and we would really like to be there to celebrate that.”
The concept of selling food that would otherwise be thrown out at a discounted price has proven successful, and the first Wefood store on Amagerbrogade in Copenhagen has already made over 200,000 kroner in profits.
Long queues every day
“There is a queue on the street every day,” said Qvist-Sørensen.
“People mainly come to see what we have, which was always part of our intention that they should not do all their shopping at Wefood, but come here and check what we’ve got.”
Wefood is run by Folkekirkens Nødhjælp’s volunteers and all the profits go to the charity’s projects in developing countries.
The ambition is to raise awareness of food waste. Danes throw out over 700,000 tonnes of food every year, while some 800 million people go hungry in other parts of the world.