UK food industry commits to roadmap to halve food waste

>>UK food industry commits to roadmap to halve food waste
  • Businesses take the lead to drive down UK’s annual £20 billion food waste bill, equivalent to more than £300 per UK citizen.

  • All major retailers and 50% of larger food businesses to Target- Measure-Act and report on food waste by September 2019.

  • 87 organisations begin epic journey – taking a ‘farm to fork’ approach to commit to a ground-breaking Food Waste Reduction Roadmap to halve food waste.

The UK’s largest retailers, food producers, manufacturers, and hospitality and food service companies have committed to ambitious milestones laid out in a new industry Food Waste Reduction Roadmap; developed with IGD and WRAP to further reduce the UK’s food waste problem.

The Roadmap encompasses the entire supply chain from field to fork, and clearly shows the actions large businesses will take to address food waste both in their own operations, and by working to support their suppliers. It also sets out how these businesses can engage with consumers to help reduce their food waste.

The Roadmap has the support of the UK’s largest food trade bodies, businesses across the supply chain and Defra, Welsh and Scottish Governments. Widespread adoption of Target, Measure, Act is vital to achieve national policy objectives and targets on food waste reduction, including Courtauld 2025 and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3.

So far 87 early adopters are supporting the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap. By September 2019, the first major milestone on the Roadmap, the aim is to have fifty per cent of the UK’s largest 250 food businesses measuring, reporting and acting on food waste. With all 250 companies doing so by 2026. To make this happen, the Roadmap is published with a wide range of new resources to enable businesses to act consistently, and support work already underway by many companies through setting out a clear collaborative journey the whole industry can follow.

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Companies and trade bodies confirmed:
Hospitality and Food Service businesses (10)
Accor Hotel Services
Castell Howell Foods
Compass Group PLC
Nandos UK & Ireland
OCS Group
Pizza Hut Restaurants

Trade bodies and other supportive organisations (19)
British Beer & Pub Association
Cartered Institute of Environmental Health
Chilled Food Association
Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges
Institute of Hospitality
Federation of Bakers
Provision Trade Federation
Royal Academy of Culinary Arts
Soil Association Food for Life
The Sustainable Restaurant Association
UK Hospitality
Unilever Food Solutions