UK food industry shows commitment to halving food waste by 2030

Rosie Lintott 26th September 2019 (Last Updated September 26th, 2019 14:34)

A year on from the launch of WRAP and IGD’s Food Waste Reduction Roadmap’s aim to halve food waste by 2030, 156 UK food industry companies have committed to the ‘Target, Measure and Act’ initiative.

UK food industry shows commitment to halving food waste by 2030
156 UK food industry companies have committed to the ‘Target, Measure and Act’ initiative. Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture

A year on from the launch of WRAP and IGD’s Food Waste Reduction Roadmap’s aim to halve food waste by 2030, 156 UK food industry companies have committed to the ‘Target, Measure and Act’ initiative.

This more than doubles the 71 food businesses that signed the pledge on launch. They are joined by an additional 29 other organisations including major trade bodies, and redistribution organisations, raising the number from 19 at launch.

Of the food businesses 121 have shown evidence to WRAP that they have already implemented the Target, Measure and Act strategy, including all of the UK’s largest supermarkets and over 100 other large food businesses.

The number of food producers and manufacturers making the pledge has doubled since the launch to 117, and the hospitality and foodservice sector has also seen pledges double to 24, with more than half showing they are implementing the Target, Measure and Act strategy.

WRAP CEO and 12.3 champion Marcus Gover said: “I am delighted at the huge progress in this first year of the UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap. Businesses that are implementing Target, Measure, Act are already reaping the benefits, and those publicly reporting comparable data show an average 7% reduction and a combined saving of around 53,000 tonnes of food valued at over £85m. Working together with Courtauld 2025, the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap is putting the UK on a path to achieving Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3.

“But there is much more to do, and our ambition is to have all major food businesses implementing Target, Measure Act by the end of 2026.”

Champions 12.3 is a coalition of executives dedicated to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 12.3 to halve food waste by 2030.

IGD CEO Susan Barratt said: “One year ago we launched the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, which focused on helping food and consumer goods companies to reduce their food waste. I am delighted that more than 150 companies have now committed to support the roadmap, with 121 of these businesses already implementing Target, Measure, Act. These businesses represent a combined turnover of almost £220bn. IGD and WRAP continue to work very closely with these companies, giving them the tools to understand how they can measure and reduce food waste.

“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.”