English supermarkets and food waste

English supermarkets and food waste

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The first results on food waste, compiled by the Waste and Resources Action Program - WRAP, published on January 19 by the BRC, show that supermarket chains Asda, Co-operative Food, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury, Tesco and Waitrose (which constitute 87.3% of the UK food market) produced 200,000 tonnes of food waste in their supermarkets and warehouses. This equates to 1.3% of the roughly 15 million tonnes dumped in the UK each year.

According to BCR, this figure shows that “contrary to popular belief… very little food waste comes from supermarkets.” In fact, WRAP estimates that UK households are the largest producers of food waste, which it represents almost half of all waste of this type (7.1 million tonnes) per year.

The retail sector reduces the production of food waste.

The results, which will be published in detail in the report << A Better Retail Environment >> by BCR, on January 29, 2015, show that there was a 10% reduction in waste and beverages by grocery retailers and manufacturers. between 2007 and 2012. This has been achieved through the goals set by WRAP, such as the Courtauld Commitment, employee education programs, shipping grocery and surplus food to redistribution plans, and working with farmers and producers to cope with food waste and losses in agriculture.

The BRC said that retailers will continue to "work hard to reduce food waste" and will work together with the Food Industry and Government to address "the big targets set in the supply chain and household waste." And he added that he will continue to report on the progress of supermarkets every year.

"You need to put the focus of attention on the supply chain and households"

Andrew Opie, BRC's Director of Food and Sustainability, said: "Our members are pleased to introduce new levels of transparency into the supply chain, and [these] positive numbers demonstrate the tremendous efforts grocery retailers have made to reduce their food waste to 1.3% of the total At the same time, we have to continue working to achieve a greater reduction of food waste in the supply chain and in households.

"We can continue to contribute and will continue our work with suppliers and consumers to maintain the progress we have already made."

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Video: Urgent action needed to tackle UK food waste (June 2022).


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