UK food businesses save 53,000 tonnes of food waste

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Businesses signed up to the roadmap saved £85m in food waste

UK food businesses have saved over 53,000 tonnes of food from going to waste in the first year of WRAP and IGD’s UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.

This is the equivalent of £85m from the 156 businesses signed up to the agreement, which have a combined turnover of almost £220bn.

Over 120 of these businesses are now following WRAP’s Target, Measure, Act strategy to reduce food waste, which represents 50% of the overall turnover for UK food manufacture, retail and hospitality and food service.

At the launch of the roadmap last year, 19 businesses had signed up to the roadmap.

Yet the number of organisations falls short of WRAP’s aim to have 50% of the UK’s largest 250 food business measuring, reporting and acting on food waste by September 2019.

Susan Barratt, CEO of research charity IDG, said: “Our industry has made great strides on this important issue in the last 12 months, but we are not complacent. Reducing food waste is a long-term journey and we recognise there is more we can, and will, be doing in the future.”

WRAP’s Guardian’s of Grub campaign was launched earlier this year to help increase the number of businesses in the sector measuring and reducing their food waste, with a dedicated month of action throughout September called Stand Up For Food.

The two organisations have also produced more than 40 case studies showing how different businesses have used the Target, Measure, Act strategy.

Defra has announced it will run a consultation on mandatory public reporting of food waste data by businesses, a move which WRAP said would be a ‘game changer’.

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