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August 14, 2020

China launches new campaign to tackle food wastage

China has launched a new Clean Plate campaign as the country steps up measures to reduce food wastage.

China has launched a new Clean Plate campaign as the country steps up measures to reduce food wastage.

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The latest move comes after China President Xi Jinping called the amount wasted ‘shocking and distressing’ and said that the Covid-19 pandemic has ‘sounded the alarm’ on food wastage.

The focus on food waste also comes after weeks of mass flooding across southern China that wiped out crops and destroyed tonnes of produce.

Jinping also urged to establish a long-term mechanism to stop the waste of food.

Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee member Zhang Guilong said that laws that are currently in place have articles that are intended to stop food waste, but no strong unified measures are implemented to tackle the issue.

The Wuhan Catering Industry Association responded to Xi’s message and urged restaurants in the city to restrict the number of dishes that are served to diners.

The association requested restaurants to implement a system called N-1, where groups are required to order one dish that is less than the number of diners. However, the system is expected to take time to get adjusted to.

Some pointed out that the N-1 idea was ‘too rigid’ and others said that most restaurant diners do not usually waste much food.

Jinping said: “Waste is shameful and thriftiness is honourable.”

In 2013, China launched an anti-food waste campaign called the Operation Empty Plate, which targeted extravagant feasts and receptions held by officials.

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What is the impact of China’s Zero-COVID lockdowns on economic activity, consumer goods and the foodservice industry?

While wanting to protect the country from being overwhelmed by Omicron, China’s adherence to a Zero-COVID policy is resulting in a significant economic downturn. COVID outbreaks in Shanghai, Beijing and many other Chinese cities will impact 2022’s economic growth as consumers and businesses experience rolling lockdowns, leading to a slowdown in domestic and international supply chains. China’s Zero-COVID policy is having a demonstrable impact on consumer-facing industries. Access GlobalData’s new whitepaper, China in 2022: the impact of China’s Zero-COVID lockdowns on economic activity, consumer goods and the foodservice industry, to examine the current situation in Shanghai and other cities in China, to better understand the worst-affected industry sectors, foodservice in particular, and to explore potential growth opportunities as China recovers. The white paper covers:
  • Which multinational companies have been affected?
  • What is the effect of lockdowns on foodservice?
  • What is the effect of lockdowns on Chinese ports?
  • Spotlight on Shanghai: what is the situation there?
  • How have Chinese consumers reacted?
  • How might the Chinese government react?
  • What are the potential growth opportunities?
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