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Wetherspoon and Veolia partner up to tackle food waste

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Compass turns to behaviour change to reduce food waste

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FareShare says it has the capacity – and a waiting list of charities wanting help – but needs access to more food

Charity calls for £15m fund to tackle UK hunger by preventing food waste

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In 2017, Ocado redistributed 2,200 tonnes of food across the UK by working with food banks and charities

Ocado publishes near-zero food waste figures

Online supermarket Ocado has published near-zero food waste figures, believed to be the lowest in the industry.

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Putting sustainability on the menu: High-street chains launch One Planet Plate campaign

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Under the Champions 12.3 initiative, Aldi will work with WRAP to engage its suppliers and logistic providers

Aldi pledges to halve food waste by 2030

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Chris Brown, senior director sustainable business, ASDA (far left), Chris Cook, global sustainability director decorative paints, AkzoNobel, Ian Heasman director of sustainability, Taylor Wimpey, Rachael Everard,  group sustainability manager, Rolls-Royce

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Around £13bn of food is wasted in the UK, but only 17% of edible surplus food is currently being redistributed. Image: Nestle

Nestlé to redistribute site-level food waste set aside for animal feed

A new initiative from Nestlé and food redistribution organisation Company Shop could increase the amount of food redistributed from UK operations by two million meals annually, by using site assessments to reduce waste at its source.

Through the network, communal fridges are filled with surplus food from local businesses for surrounding communities to access free of charge

Hubbub's Community Fridge Network secures funding for national expansion

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Research from WRAP found that food and drink waste is costing manufacturers £1.9bn annually

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Companies in France are forced to include data on food waste in their CSR reports

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The Felix Project recently launched its Help a Hungry Child campaign – which works with primary schools to divert excess food to vulnerable families

Renault's electric van to lower operational costs for London food redistribution charity

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East of England Co-op estimates the initiative will prevent at least 50,000 products a year being thrown away.

Co-op sells food past best-before date to curb waste

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A Wrap survey found that changes to packaging and labelling could help avoid around 350,000 tonnes of food waste each year, saving consumers an estimated £1bn

Wrap launches new industry guidelines for food date labels

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Ikea UK’s Food is Precious initiative has resulted in a 32% reduction in food waste across stores

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Time to climb the food waste mountain

Just a stone's throw from that foodie magnet, Borough Market, stands Britain's tallest building. The tragic irony of its proximity to the gleaming Shard is revealed in one horrific statistic. The UK's foodservice sector produces enough food waste to fill almost 11 Shards.

Householders are advised to store their potatoes in a dark, cool, well-ventilated place to reduce sprouting

Nearly half of all fresh potatoes thrown away daily by UK households

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