Ambition 2025: Progress report 2022

30 May 2023

2022 brought a new set of challenges for the food and drink industry. Supply chain issues, labour shortages, threats to energy security as well as rising inflation and ingredient prices added to the difficulties. 


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However, despite these obstacles, the industry remains focused on their commitment to lead the charge for a sustainable, resilient and responsible food and drink industry, and deliver on our ambition to reach Net Zero by 2040 – a decade earlier than government targets.

As the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, food and drink manufacturers have focused on reducing its carbon footprint and water use. Companies are already taking significant steps to improve the recyclability of our packaging, set against our desire for the UK to put in place an effective Extended Producer Responsibility system. The industry also worked on addressing food waste throughout its supply chains, including redistributing surplus food to benefit the environment and society.