Nandos, Subway and Iceland join WRAP’s waste reduction commitment

Wrap's voluntary Courtauld Commitment 2025 - which seeks to reduce the resource intensity of Britain's food and drink sector by 20% - has added 30 new signatories this week, taking its representation to 95% of the nation's food retail market.

Boots UK, Iceland Foods, Nandos, Subway, Quorn, Compass and Dairy Crest are among the 30 retailers, manufacturers, hospitality companies, local authorities, redistribution organisations and public sector bodies that have joined the 10-year resource reduction agreement, brokered by resource efficiency charity WRAP.

Head of sustainable food at WRAP David Moon said: “Building connections right across the supply chain makes Courtauld 2025 a powerful voluntary agreement and we are delighted with the desire for action shown from such a range of signatories.

“Already we’ve set up a number of industry-led working groups that are meeting to address important issues. These range from water and waste to sustainable design and buying; to areas as diverse as fresh produce, meat protein, dairy, redistribution and hospitality and food service.

Through the Courtold Agreement 2025, businesses and various other organisations will collaborate to achieve its three targeted overall outcomes. Within the 10-year time period, the campaign aims to achieve a 20% reduction in food and drink waste across the UK; a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas intensity of food and drink consumed in the UK, and an overall reduction in the impact associated with water use in supply chains.

WRAP has also confirmed this week that it will be relaunching an updated version of its food waste reduction campaign Love Food Hate Waste.

Moon added: “Later this year we will introduce a reinvigorated Love Food Hate Waste campaign, working in partnership with these big names with the aim of delivering the step change that’s required to push forward the work on household food waste.”

The charity launched a five-point action plan in the summer to develop the business case for recycling food waste: the Food Waste Recycling Action Plan. This supply chain-focused campaign aims to prevent 10 million tonnes of ‘post-farm-gate’ food waste per year.

Alex Baldwin

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