Ben Stimson, retail director of the supermarket chain, said: “The cooler weather drove sales of cold weather food and drinks, including hot drinks, soups, and prepared meals.
“The final days of our Spring Clean promotion in shops led to strong sales of household products, with eco-cleaning ranges proving particularly popular.
“Last week we announced our support of the government’s Step up to the Plate pledge, to jointly halve food waste by 2030 through a number of ambitious commitments and challenges.
“The pledge supports our own food waste targets, which include no fit-to-eat food being wasted in our shops, and donating food before it goes to waste to help feed people in need.
“We have donated the equivalent of nearly 900,000 meals since partnering with food waste charity FareShare at the beginning of last year.”
Waitrose & Partners’ creamy mushroom soup with garlic toast