Morrisons supermarket in Largs is to hand out free fruit to children in its Irvine Road store, to prevent unsold fruit being thrown away.

The Free Fruit for Kids scheme will mean that this fruit - which is ripe, sweet and of good eating quality - does not go to waste.

A range of ‘child friendly’ types of fruit - including bananas, apples, pears, sweet clementines, and satsumas – will be offered in the store’s entrance. The fruit will be located on a wooden stand at the front of Morrisons greengrocery area. Every morning Morrisons Largs’s greengrocers will replenish the free fruit stand with produce that otherwise has a chance of being binned.

The supermarket is the first to offer free fruit to kids in every store and will guarantee that surplus fruit will be made available every day.

Calum Henderson Store Manager at Morrisons Largs said: “Sometimes our store is left with unsold fruit and customers would prefer us to find a use for it. So we’re putting out fruit - that’s at risk of not being sold - for children to help themselves. It’s healthy for them, reduces food waste in our store and will help make shopping easier for parents.”