Foodservice Packaging Association calls for focus on household food waste

Written by: Martin Kersh | Published:

The biggest opportunity for food waste reduction is by tackling household food waste, according to Martin Kersh, executive director of the Foodservice Packaging Association, who said that food waste, whatever the source, is unacceptable.

"We very much hope members of the EFRA Committee when studying the infographic below will question why their food waste report's press release and consequent resulting headlines focussed on food waste in the retail sector given food waste among householders is almost 11 times that of retailers.

"The figures clearly show the biggest opportunity for food waste reduction is by tackling household food waste. This of course does not mean retailers, hospitality and foodservice and food processors can take their collective feet off the accelerator regarding the issue but that greater recognition should be given for the progress these sectors have made, for example in the sandwich sector, where the BSA has secured agreement to allow retailers to re-label short shelf-life chilled product for charity use, preventing thousands of tonnes of packaged food from being thrown away every day," continued Kersh.

"The figures do support the Inquiry’s recommendation for improved funding of WRAP. The Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA) helped focus the sector on food waste and significant reductions have been achieved however the 12% of food waste accounted by the sector shows there is still much work to be achieved and the FPA would welcome HaFSA once again being a stand alone agreement rather than part of the wider Courtauld 2025 Agreement."

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