Gove announces Quintessentially founder Ben Elliot as first Food Waste Champion

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The UK is responsible for 10.2m tonnes of food waste per year

Quintessentially co-founder Ben Elliot has been appointed as government’s first Food Surplus and Waste Champion.

Environment secretary Michael Gove made the appointment of the voluntary, unpaid position as part of the Resources and Waste Strategy commitment to eliminate food waste to landfill by 2030.

Quintessentially is a luxury lifestyle membership organisation which offers high end services including private tuition, personal shopping and real estate advice.

Elliot, who is also chair of the lifestyle business’s philanthropic arm the Quintessentially Foundation, will work with businesses and other stakeholders across retail, food manufacture, hospitality and food services to tackle food waste.

During the one-year role, he will advise Defra on proposals for the food waste fund.

The Quintessentially Foundation has previously partnered with London-based charity The Felix Project divert surplus food to those in need.

Elliot may be a well-known name for some, given he is the nephew of the Duchess of Cornwall.

He said: “Whilst families all over the country struggle to put food on the table and children still go to school each day with empty stomachs, there continues to be an unforgivable amount of food waste which is both morally deplorable and largely avoidable.

“My new appointment will allow me to work with Defra and food retailers all over the country to help build out a nationwide strategy that will ensure surplus food is not wasted at the expense of those in our society that truly need it.”

The UK is responsible for 10.2m tonnes of food waste per year.

In October, government launched a £15m pilot scheme to reduce food waste.

This builds on the £500,000 Food Waste Reduction Fund announced in 2017.

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