We provide the food and hospitality sectors with a range of services designed to help them to tackle the climate emergency by converting their waste resources into renewable energy. Olleco is the renewables arm of ABP Food Group and has grown to become the UK’s leading supplier of premium cooking oils and fats as well as its largest collector of used cooking oil and food waste. Employing over 1000 people, at 19 sites strategically located throughout the UK and Ireland, we service over 50,000 catering establishments. We convert the used oil we collect into renewable fuels while the food waste is transformed into biomethane, electricity, heat and organic fertiliser. In addition to a comprehensive network of local depots, we operate three used cooking oil bio-refineries, a biodiesel plant, a bulk liquid storage facility and three anaerobic digestion (AD) plants with support from a wider network of licensed AD facilities.
We are one of the UK’s most progressive circular economy companies. We help food and hospitality businesses address some of their biggest environmental challenges and ensure a sustainable future for our planet. The global climate crisis is front of mind in everything we do and we deploy human ingenuity to create the innovative technologies and dynamic systems needed to radically reduce carbon and, ultimately, help our customers achieve zero carbon operations. This business model, coupled with a highly professional, national service, quickly propelled Olleco to become market leaders and attracted the business of many of the largest names in the food industry. Not content with that, we looked at other areas where we could help the food industry further improve its carbon footprint. Food waste is another key environmental challenge for the food and hospitality sectors. It was often being sent to landfill where it produces methane – a greenhouse gas around 25 times more damaging than CO₂. Processing food waste through an anaerobic digester captures the methane safely so it can be used to make renewable energy. Seeing this opportunity, we added food waste collection and processing to the services we offer our customers. In 2019 we were awarded the Royal Warrant by Her Majesty The Queen. We’re enormously proud to be one of the first companies to be supplying the Royal Household with a circular economy closed loop solution. And, of course, bearing the Royal Warrant is a huge honour and testament to the excellent service we provide.