Ambition 2025 – Food waste

Our Ambition: Send zero food waste to landfill from members' Own direct operations from 2016 and beyond.

Reduce food waste across the whole supply chain from farm to fork including within members' own operations.

FDF members understand the importance of working collaboratively with stakeholders, including UK governments and NGOs, across whole supply chains in order to reduce food waste and improve resource efficiency.

Food and drink manufacturers have achieved significant reductions in food waste from within their own operations since the Five-Fold Environmental Ambition was first launched. However we realise there is still more that can be done, not only in members' own operations, but across supply chains to prevent food waste from occurring in the first place. This includes food waste reduction in the home, where the majority currently arises. To achieve this, we will engage with entire supply chains, including end consumers.

We will work to the food waste hierarchy where the aim is to avoid generating food waste in the first instance. As such, our actions will focus on reducing avoidable food waste rather than production residues and inedible parts because of the stronger relevance to safeguarding future food security.

Where food waste prevention cannot be achieved, we will look to maximise its recovery across the food supply chain. We will continue to lead by example and maintain our zero food waste to landfill ambition. As a signatory to WRAP's Courtauld Commitment 2025 we will also be making a contribution to the target to reduce UK food waste by 20% by 2025 per capita against a 2015 baseline.

apetito case study

The energy, water, waste, resources and fuel saving initiatives introduced by apetito have saved money and focused the business on innovation and leadership in sustainability. apetito sees food waste as the central issue within food chain sustainability. Food wastage has significant greenhouse gas impacts but also impacts wider society in terms of nutrition and our ability to feed the growing world population.

The company has halved factory food waste and ensured the remainder is directed to anaerobic digestion to produce electricity and generate agricultural soil improver. It aims to share ideas, inspire and work with suppliers and customers to enhance its focus on the avoidance of food waste. apetito is working with the wider food industry as part of the Courtauld Commitment 2025 to achieve carbon focussed packaging and resource efficiency.

"Sustainability is simply about being an efficient and innovative business. The Five-fold Environmental Ambition has been the foundation of our environmental programme giving us direction and performance milestones that have enabled us to strengthen our business while work alongside suppliers and customers to progress towards a sustainable future."

Paul Freeston
CEO, apetito

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Last reviewed: 12 Oct 2016