Newcastle’s universities to stop selling baked beans on campus to ‘combat beaning crisis’

Both Newcastle and Northumbria are on board with the decision

Both Newcastle and Northumbria have announced they are stopping the sale of tins of baked beans in campus shops in an attempt to combat the beaning crisis.

The plans were announced via the university’s websites and in an email to all students earlier in the week. It is said that they plan to permanently remove all baked bean products from on-campus shops such as Newcastle University’s Co-Op and Northumbria’s Shop Central by the end of the month.

The decision comes after a so called “beaning” epidemic has taken over Newcastle in recent months. “Beaning” is the act of pouring a tin of beans on someone’s doorstep and recording the act, and has taken over TikTok, with Newcastle users sending addresses to an anonymous profile to be “beaned”. The trend is especially prolific among students, with areas such as Jesmond and Sandyford being affected.

Newcastle students have taken to Twitter to describe the act as “tragic” and “an outrage”, with many describing beans as a student cupboard essential that it is necessary to have access to on campus. There have even be talks of protest.

In an effort to reduce food waste, the surplus baked bean stock will be redistributed to other stores and donated to food banks around the City.

In a statement, Newcastle university have said that “although this will massively affect the lives of out students, we saw no other solution”. They also stated that there are no plans to bring beans back to the shelves in the future.

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