10 January 2017

Industry hits key targets as part of commitment to reduce food & packaging waste

More than 50 signatories, including Premier Foods, took part in WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment 3 (CC3) to help deliver against three ambitious targets for the period between 2012 and 2015. 1) To reduce food and packaging waste by 3% in manufacturing and retail; 2) To improve packaging design and recyclability in the grocery supply chain without increasing the carbon impact; and 3) To reduce household food and drink waste by 5%.

The manufacturing and retail target was met in full meaning grocery ingredient, product and packaging waste was reduced by 3% over the period. This equates to 219,000 tonnes of food and packaging waste prevented and represents a CO2e saving of 555,000 tonnes over the lifetime of the commitment; the value of the food savings alone were worth an estimated £100 million.
At Premier Foods specifically, we took a number of measures to improve our waste management systems and are proud to say that since 2014, we’ve been zero waste to landfill at all of our sites. We’ve also reduced waste to incineration levels, which were down by nearly 3% in 2015/16, and we continue to support waste reduction initiatives throughout our supply chain.
Steve Creed, Director of Business Programmes at WRAP, said: “The three phases of Courtauld have been a game-changer in bringing businesses together to work on issues of resource efficiency and drive change within their own operations. Today’s results show the industry’s commitment to reducing their environmental impacts and the huge benefit of collaborative action, particularly in the supply chain.”
Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said, “Good progress has been made by industry to tackle food and packaging waste in the supply chain and it goes to show the achievements that can be made through working together with partners across the UK.”

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