World first: UK food industry commits to a landmark roadmap to halve food waste

Sep 25, 2018
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Nestlé UK and 86 other early adopters have embarked on an epic journey – taking a ‘farm to fork’ approach to commit to a ground-breaking Food Waste Reduction Roadmap which will halve food waste by 2030.

Nestlé UK, part of the world’s largest food and drink company, has committed to ambitious milestones laid out in a new ground-breaking industry Food Waste Reduction Roadmap; developed with IGD, the global food and grocery experts, 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 suppliers. It also sets out how business 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.

Nestlé Head of Value Chain Sustainability, Andy Griffiths said: “Managing our food waste effectively can not only help reduce its environmental impact, but help address some of the food inequality issues experienced in our communities. We are proud to commit to the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, only by working together can we address this issue at the pace and scale required.”

CEO of Wrap Marcus Gover said: “Together, WRAP and IGD have mobilised industry leaders to create a bold sector-wide Roadmap, showing clearly what UK businesses must do. This Roadmap is hugely ambitious, and I’m delighted that the UK is the first country anywhere to set a nation-wide plan towards delivering its part in SDG12.3. There are many businesses working hard already, but many more need to focus on food waste. If the food sector follows this Roadmap it will significantly accelerate work to achieving both Courtauld 2025, and SDG12.3 targets. And I urge other companies to adopt the principles laid out in the Roadmap and join the rest of the sector on this historic journey.”

For more information visit http://www.wrap.org.uk/food-waste-reduction-roadmap