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15 March 2016

We help pioneer ambitious industry commitment to reduce resource intensity of food and drink by 20% by 2025

Premier Foods has been announced as one of the principal signatories of the Courtauld Commitment 2025.

It’s an ambitious ten-year voluntary commitment that brings together organisations across the food system - from producer to consumer - to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable. 

Along with the other signatories from the retailer, food manufacturing, hospitality and Local Authority sectors, our shared ambition is to reduce the resource needed to produce food and drink by one-fifth over the next ten years. Specifically, we are collectively committing to the following three goals, calculated as a relative reduction per head of population:

- 20% reduction in food & drink waste arising in the UK

- 20% reduction in the greenhouse gas intensity of food & drink consumed in the UK

- A reduction in impact associated with water use in the supply chain 


As a signatory, we will work with others to develop best practice, implement change and report annually against four key areas: 
 

- finding innovative ways to make best use of the wastes and surpluses

- optimising whole supply chain to produce more with less

- embedding new criteria into design, buying and sourcing

- influencing consumption behaviours and reducing waste


Paul Dobson, Premier Foods Quality, Health & Safety and Environment Director, said: "We are proud to be one of the principal signatories of the Courtauld Commitment 2025. We’ve supported all three of the previous Courtauld commitments targeting reductions in packaging waste, but this new commitment is the most ambitious yet. We look forward to working with WRAP and others to access their expertise and identify ways in which we can more effectively reduce food waste."

Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems at WRAP, added: "Courtauld 2025 is our most ambitious agreement yet, and we are delighted that Premier Foods has pledged its support as a signatory. We are faced with some big challenges ahead with rising populations, climate change and dwindling resources. But tackling food waste offers a practical option to address these challenges and in doing so, will create new opportunities. Only by working together can we hope to realise the big changes that are essential to ensuring a more prosperous future for individuals, businesses and the planet."

 
ENDS
 

For further information please contact:

Richard Johnson, Corporate Affairs Director

+44 (0) 1727 815850

Maitland

+44 (0) 20 7379 5151

Tom Eckersley

 

 

About the company:
As one of Britain's largest food producers, Premier Foods is committed to delivering the taste the British love, with food that's made in Britain by people who understand British consumers. We supply a range of retail, wholesale, foodservice and other customers with some of Britain's best loved brands, including Ambrosia, Batchelors, Bisto, Loyd Grossman, Mr. Kipling, Oxo and Sharwood’s. Premier Foods employs around 4,000 people operating from 13 sites from across the country.


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