Selecting your redistribution partner(s)

Date : 13 July 2021

Everything you need to know to choose your redistribution partner(s) 

This article outlines everything you need to consider when selecting and formalising your redistribution partnership(s). All information is based on WRAP’s Framework for Effective Redistribution Partnership, and IGD’s guide to Maximising Food Surplus Redistribution.

Selecting a partner for redistribution

Regardless of the size and the nature of your operations, there are options available that will allow you to redistribute your surplus food.

It may be beneficial to partner with more than one redistribution organisation: this can help to ensure there is capacity to cover any issues that arise and to maximise the amount of surplus you redistribute.

If you have a number of partnerships in place it’s recommended that you are clear on which organisation to use in certain situations. This will help to manage expectations and minimise any confusion between you and your redistribution partners.

By having discussions with redistribution organisations, you will be able to establish the types and condition of surplus they accept, their capabilities and capacity to receive surplus and any days they are unavailable.

During these conversations, the downloadable checklist below can guide you on the types of questions to ask and the types of information you may need to provide.

This will help you identify the redistribution partner(s) that will enable you to redistribute the greatest amount of surplus. It will also help you to identify the objectives you want to achieve, such as providing a social impact or a commercial return.

For further insight on redistribution organisations, including their capabilities please visit Finding a redistribution partner

There are links to more organisations (including local redistribution organisations at


Formalising your partnership

Once you have discussed this information with your selected redistribution partner(s) you can formalise any requirements and expectations as part of an agreement between the organisations, including liability for food redistributed.

Your chosen redistribution partner(s) may have a standard agreement that can be amended for any new relationships, that states the responsibilities and expectations for both parties.

These responsibilities and expectations can be refined as you work through assessing, reviewing and deciding which redistributor(s) you want to work with.

If the redistribution organisation does not have its own standard agreement, WRAP have developed a Framework for Effective Redistribution Partnerships which can be used to identify requirements for both parties and form the basis of an agreement.

This information is supplied in partnership with WRAP