Can’t-miss canned fruit arrangments are set to be introduced in Ireland from June, with the arrival of the summer season.
A new initiative will see Irish-made fruit arranged on supermarket shelves from June 4.
“The idea behind this is to make sure we get to see a range of fresh fruit in the market and also to have a range and variety of things to have in the home,” Ms O’Leary said.
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The scheme is part of the Government’s plan to reduce food waste and tackle the countrys food security crisis, and the first of its kind in Europe.
Canned fruit arrangements were introduced in the UK from November last year and are now in place in Ireland, but are not yet being rolled out to the wider UK market.
It is hoped the scheme will encourage supermarkets to stock fresh produce on shelves.
Ireland’s new canned fruit scheme will see over 100 products from across the world offered to consumers, including a range from fresh produce to fresh fish, meat and poultry.
Fresh produce will also be available for purchase in the supermarket from June 1, and all fruit will be pre-packaged and pre-seeded to ensure it is fresh.
There are plans to introduce canned fruit packages, which will allow people to have the fresh produce they need for free.
While the scheme is aimed at helping people to eat healthier, the Government has also announced a further two million meals would be served to people living in rural areas during the summer months.
In total, the scheme has the potential to reduce Irelands food waste by nearly 5 per cent.