Retail supply chain can minimise waste impacts through joint working

Food and drink manufacturers and retailers can make big changes to their environmental impact by working together on sustainable waste management initiatives.


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That was the message from a joint parliamentary briefing held recently (September 13)involving members of the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Earlier this year grocery think-tank IGD and WRAP reported on a waste reduction project involving UK food manufacturers and retailers working in partnership to improve sustainability in the supply chain.

Between December 2009 and February 2011, participants eliminated 1,400 tonnes of waste and collectively believed that a further 1,193 tonnes could be eradicated within a year.

FDF members have also halved food waste to landfill and hope to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2015. Meanwhile BRC retail members have halved the amount of waste they send to landfill compared with five years ago.

Maxine Perella

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