FareShare has criticised the industry's "sluggish" response to its appeal for more unwanted food.

The charity currently operates at just a fifth of its redistribution capacity and in October launched a 10,000-pallet challenge, asking for more food to be sent to its depots rather than thrown away.

Chief executive Tony Rowe said he was particualrly disappointed some companies had denied they had a surplus and called for company bosses to back the campaign.

"We need CEOs to ensure food that can't be sold but can be eaten is given to people first."