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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (centre) challenged Mike Coupe (second from right) to improve the transparency of Sainsbury’s food waste management

Sainsbury's boss clashes with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall over food waste management

Sainsbury's chief executive Mike Coupe has fended off a fresh wave of criticism from celebrity chef-turned-eco-warrior Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall about the "ridiculous system" of exacting cosmetic standards of the fruit and veg sold by Britain's supermarkets.

The model is based on the revolutionary invention, the Dearman Engine, which utilises liquid nitrogen to ensure that low-grade or ambient heat can be used as a heat source

Sainsbury's freezes emissions with liquid nitrogen refrigerated engine

British supermarket chain Sainsbury's has become the first company in the world to trial a refrigerated delivery truck cooled by a liquid nitrogen powered engine, as the retailer works towards its commitment to significantly reduce absolute carbon emissions by 2020.

Fareshare director of food Mark Varney spoke at an All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group supply chain event in London last week

Food waste: Focus must shift from supermarkets to supply chains

EXCLUSIVE: Food waste campaigners should stop 'beating up the supermarkets' and instead look further up the supply chain at the untapped redistribution potential of thousands of processors and manufacturers, Britain's largest food redistribution charity has said.

Sainsbury's has removed more than 50% of multi-buy promotions from its food isles

Sainsbury's ditches 'BOGOF' sales to ease food waste

Sainsbury's has announced that it is scrapping multi-buy promotions across its food retail outlets in an effort to ease growing customer concerns about food waste and price logistics.

Sainsbury's head of sustainability, engineering, energy and environment Paul Crewe (centre) was speaking at edie's Sustainability Skills workshop in London

Storytelling skills crucial for sustainability success, says Sainsbury's

EXCLUSIVE: Being an expert storyteller and "humanising" environmental projects have become vital skills for sustainability professionals to embed a strong CSR culture throughout their organisation, the head of sustainability at Sainsbury's has claimed.

The partnership will see Sainsbury's reduce store carbon emissions by 24,000 tonnes over the course of the year

Sainsbury's and Wyke Farms form green gas partnership

Two sustainable behemoths have formed a partnership which will see renowned cheese producers Wyke Farms generate green biogas to be used by Sainsbury's stores.

Sainsburys said the year-long project could save the average family £350 a year on food bills

Sainsbury's selects Derbyshire town for food waste innovation trial

Sainsbury's is investing £1m in a market town in Derbyshire to trial new food waste initiatives which could halve the town's waste.

The campaign aims to follow on from the exposure generated by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's War on Waste TV series

Stop the Rot: Skip of food waste arrives at supermarket HQs

A skip full of food waste has been delivered to various supermarket headquarters across the UK, as part of a new campaign supported by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and environmentalist George Monbiot.

The Hammond family farm in Norfolk are forced to throw away more than 20 tonnes of waste parsnips a week

Hugh's war on food waste: Are supermarkets doing enough?

Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has gone to war on waste, with a new TV show highlighting the food waste caused by exacting supermarket standards. But the retailers have been quick to tell edie about the steps they're taking to tackle the problem.

(L-R): Alice Ellison (BRC); Matt Wood (Asda); Paul Crewe (Sainsbury's); and Matt Simister (Tesco) at the Fareshare Food Surplus Summit

Supermarkets take shared responsibility for food waste crackdown

The UK's three largest supermarket chains and the trade body which represents them have unanimously agreed that more collaboration is needed to redistribute more surplus food to charities.

M&S believes the biggest energy savings come from a combination of technology and behaviour change

M&S embarks on new behaviour change plan

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has launched a new behavior change campaign to help it cut energy use by 50% across UK operations by 2020.

 Asda research suggests 75% of shoppers would buy 'wonky' fruit and veg if it was cheaper than regular produce

Asda launches 'wonky veg' range to tackle food waste

Asda is collaborating with TV chef Jamie Oliver to reduce food waste by selling a new range of misshapen fruit and vegetables at reduced prices.

Sainsbury's  will stop rewarding shoppers with Nectar points for every bag they reuse from April next year.

Sainsbury's to stop Nectar points for bag reuse

Retail giant Sainsbury's has announced that it will stop rewarding shoppers with Nectar points for every bag they reuse from April next year, as part of wider changes to its loyalty programme.

Sainsburys claims that its new initiative will create a sustainable packaging cycle

Sainsbury's claims UK first with 100% recycled plastic food crate launch

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's is claiming that it is the first UK retailer to recycle its old food crates into more efficient ones made from 100% recycled material.

The £200m loan will help Sainsbury's to reach its 2020 sustainability targets such as a 30% absolute reduction in carbon emissions since 2005 pic: JuliusKielaitis /

Sainsbury's announces £200m 'green loan' to support environmental commitments

In the first loan of its kind, Sainsbury's announced today (21 July) an agreement with Lloyds and Rabobank for a £200m corporate 'green loan' to invest in its carbon reduction and sustainability projects.

Food waste is estimated to be costing consumers around £2.4bn a year. WRAP is now calling for businesses signed up to its Courtauld Commitment to do more around packaging design, storage guidance and date label clarification.

Food and drink firms told to intensify efforts to combat 'untouched' food waste

SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REPORT. Food and drink companies face renewed calls today to implement better product packaging and labelling measures as new research reveals 2 million tonnes of household food in the UK is thrown away because it is judged to be past its prime.

The tool gives practical help on using up ingredients that often lay forgotten at the back of the fridge

Sainsbury's partners with Google for new food waste-reduction app

Sainsbury's has teamed up with Google to launch a new mobile and online tool that the supermarket giant hopes will help to reduce food waste in households across Britain.

The sustainable tuna is sourced from the Maldives using a low-impact pole and line technique

Sainsbury's sells UK's first sustainable tuna sandwich

Sainsbury's has become the first UK retailer to launch a certified sustainable tuna sandwich as part of the supermarket giant's on-going efforts to deliver more sustainable seafood.

New Easter egg recycling facilities in Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's unveils recycling bins for Easter egg packaging

Retail giant Sainsbury's has launched a brand new scheme to let customers recycle their Easter egg packaging, in a bid to divert household waste away from landfill.

Wrap says that surplus food can be effectively redistributed to local charities

Supermarkets producing 'viable volumes' of surplus food that could go to charity, study finds

Retailers are producing "viable volumes" of surplus food that arise at the back of store which could be redistributed direct to charity and provide social benefit, according to new report from the Waste and Resources Action Programme(WRAP).

Mike Coupe: more robust approach required for CSV

Sainsbury's suggests shared value needs to be 'science-led'

Creating shared value (CSV) relies heavily on not just knowledge sharing, but applying the right science and technology to make it happen, a Sainsbury's board director has asserted.

Sarah Ellis: closer engagement is rewarding

Sainsbury's CSR chief applauds rising culture of 'challenge'

Sainsbury's head of corporate responsibility & society Sarah Ellis has said that taking an open-source approach to sustainability is helping to challenge the company go beyond its 20x20 targets.

The CO2 refrigerated unit trial is part of the retailer's review of its transport refrigeration gas and work to reduce its carbon footprint,

Sainsbury's speeds up HFC committment with world's first naturally refrigerated trailer

Sainsbury's is trialling the world's first naturally refrigerated trailer to transport chilled and frozen goods which could accelerate its commitment to phasing out Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Sainsbury's targets supply chain wins from food waste

Sainsbury's head of sustainable sourcing has acknowledged food waste as a huge business opportunity to drive value creation throughout the supply chain.

Exploring water usage: Sainsburys journey to a 50% water reduction

Exploring water consumption throughout Sainsburys estate has been a difficult but rewarding challenge. Announcing last month that it had achieved a total water reduction of 50%, Leigh Stringer discovers the financial gains from cutting water use at one of the largest retailer's in the UK.

Sainsburys cuts water consumption by 50%

Sainsbury's has reduced its water consumption across its estate by 50% since 2005, largely due to recycling and utilising rainwater throughout its operations.

Food sector collaborates to refine product sustainability strategies

Major brands are joining forces to improve the environmental performance of selected product lines through better waste prevention and resource efficiency measures.

Sainsbury's set to give food waste a roasting

Sainsbury's has strengthened its consumer-facing campaign activities on food waste in the wake of a hard-hitting report released last week.

Justin King sees increasing value in waste materials

Sainsbury's boss argues case for greater ownership of waste

Sainsbury's CEO Justin King has cited a "misaligned" waste policy framework as one of the biggest barriers to retailers taking more steps to close the loop on their operations.

Sainsbury's waste achievements 'hard to rate', say peers

Sustainability leaders have found it hard to judge just how well Sainsbury's is delivering on its own waste goals, according to the findings of a recent crowdsourcing exercise.

Sainsbury's peer review identifies sustainability 'gaps'

Supply chain and customer engagement are the main areas Sainsbury's needs to improve on under its 20 by 20 Sustainability Plan, according to a panel of independent experts.

Sainsbury's seeks local authority partners for recycling drive

Sainsbury's is looking to enter into partnerships with councils to boost customer recycling facilities at a third of its stores in the UK.

Londoners must buy recycled

London businesses need to ‘green’ their supply chains and ensure that they are buying recycled products, in order to close the recycling loop, says the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.

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