Major retailers commit to halve food waste

Major retailers and suppliers are gearing up to cut food waste in half.

SOME of the largest retailers and food producers in the UK have signed up to a new commitment to dramatically reduce food waste.

Retailers including the big four supermarkets, the discounters, Iceland, The Co-op, M&S and Waitrose have all committed to halve food waste across their UK operations by 2030. Each retailer, along with another 79 firms, has also committed to producing a report on food waste in their business by September 2019 with set targets for food reduction.

The new commitments form part of the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap campaign, developed by circular economy focused charity WRAP and food and grocery focused training and research charity IGD. Businesses participating in the campaign have signed up to target ‘SDG 12.3’, which sets out the goal of halving per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels, as well as reducing food losses along the production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.

WRAP hopes to have 75% of all UK food businesses with more than 250 employees on a food waste reduction target by 2022, and 100% by 2026. Each firm will be expected to report on its efforts and take action to mitigate waste.

By 2030, the charity hopes to all large food businesses will have achieved their food waste reduction targets and halved waste. WRAP currently estimates £20bn worth of food is wasted each year.

Marcus Gover, chief executive of WRAP said: “Together, WRAP and IGD have mobilised industry leaders to create a bold sector-wide Roadmap, showing clearly what UK businesses must do. This Roadmap is hugely ambitious, and I’m delighted that the UK is the first country anywhere to set a nation-wide plan towards delivering its part in SDG 12.3.

“There are many businesses working hard already, but many more need to focus on food waste. If the food sector follows this roadmap it will significantly accelerate work to achieving both Courtauld 2025 [cutting the resources needed to provide food and drink by 20%] and SDG 12.3 targets. And I urge other companies to adopt the principles laid out in the roadmap and join the rest of the sector on this historic journey.

Alice Ellison, head of environment for the British Retail Consortium said: “The retail industry is a pioneer in reducing food waste and an early adopter of this Roadmap. The causes of food waste are many and varied and it’s this kind of collaboration that’s needed to tackle some of the complexities across the whole supply chain.”

• WRAP is funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Zero Waste Scotland, Welsh and Northern Irish devolved administrations and the EU. The charity works on a number of campaigns aimed at reducing waste and promoting sustainable business practice.

• The 89 retail and food businesses signed up to the new targets:




Central England Co-operative









The Co-operative Group



2 Sisters Food Group

A Gomez Ltd

ABP Food Group

Albert Bartlett

AMT Fruit


Arla Foods

Avara Foods

Bakkavor Group


Branston Ltd

Coca-Cola European Partners GB Ltd

Cranswick PLC

Dairy Crest

dps Ltd


Glinwell PLC

Greencore Group PLC



G’s Fresh

Hilton Foods UK

Hovis Ltd

Kepak Group Ltd

Kerry Foods

Kraft Heinz UK

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Moy Park

Muller UK & Ireland

Nestle UK & Ireland

Noble Foods Ltd


Premier Foods

Proctor & Gamble UK

Puffin Produce Ltd

Quorn Foods

Richard Hochfeld Ltd

Samworth Brothers Ltd

Seachill UK Ltd

Tulip Ltd

Unilever UK


Winterbotham Darby

Worldwide Fruit

Yeo Valley

Young’s Seafood Ltd

Hospitality and Food Service businesses

Accor Hotel Services




Castell Howell Foods

Compass Group PLC


Nandos UK & Ireland

OCS Group

Pizza Hut Restaurants


Trade bodies and other supportive organisations




British Beer & Pub Association

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Chilled Food Association

Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges


Federation of Bakers

Institute of Hospitality


Provision Trade Federation

Royal Academy of Culinary Arts

Soil Association Food for Life

The Sustainable Restaurant Association


UK Hospitality

Unilever Food Solutions