Young’s Seafood, Nando’s, Pizza Hut and Brakes are among the 89 organisations spearheading a new initiative aimed at halving food waste by 2030.
The Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, developed with IGD and WRAP to further reduce the UK’s food waste problem, is the first of its kind to take an entire supply chain from field to fork. It is hoped it will drive down the UK’s annual £20 billion food waste bill, equivalent to more than £300 per UK citizen.
The initiative has the support of some of UK’s largest retailers, food producers, hospitality and food service companies who have each committed to setting a food waste reduction target for their own UK operations. They will also be required to work in partnership with suppliers to reduce food waste further.
By September 2019, the aim is to have 50% 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 toolkit to help businesses set a food waste target and measure and report on it as well as links to resources to support action on food waste prevention and checklists for working with suppliers and consumers on reducing food waste along the whole chain.
Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, comments: “We are delighted to support this ambitious nation-wide initiative to reduce food waste. Hospitality businesses are not one to shy away from a challenge and this is an area many of our members and their customers are passionate about.
“Our industry is already doing a vast amount to reduce food waste with many having sophisticated food waste reduction strategies in place. This Roadmap is a great resource and will help to build on the existing efforts and progress the hard work across the industry and the country.
“We are committed to supporting our members reduce their food waste and together with WRAP we can ensure businesses have the tools they need to achieve this common goal. I am confident that we can hit the set target and implore all business to get involved and take part in this important initiative.”
The Roadmap has the support of the UK’s largest food trade bodies, businesses across the supply chain and Defra, Welsh and Scottish Governments.
Businesses wishing to access the free resources and find out more about the using the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap should click here