Quantification of food surplus, waste and related materials in the grocery supply chain

By Editor on 15th June 2016

A new report by WRAP has revealed that over half of the food waste generated by the UK manufacturing and retail sectors is avoidable.

The study found that there was often a poor understanding across the sector about the sorts of surplus that were within the scope for redistribution and how businesses with food surpluses can partner with redistribution organisations.  The report highlights that a combination of preventing food waste being generated, redistribution of food surplus and diverting surplus to animal feed could lead to a 42 per cent reduction in avoidable food waste, saving businesses millions of pounds a year. 

Providing business-relevant insights, the report quantifies for the first time avoidable food waste by manufacturing sub-sector and examines the reasons why food surplus and waste arise, and how this can be addressed. It will be instrumental in the delivery of Courtauld 2025 which aims to make UK food and drink production and consumption more sustainable.