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Food and retail giants to collaborate on government-backed scheme to reduce food waste

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-13 Tue 14:02
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Some of the UK's largest retailers and food manufacturers, including Unilever, M&S, Nestlé and Amazon are collaborating to deliver a new network of "food waste champions" to help reduce the amount of food waste produced by the sectors.

The network will be overseen by the Company Shop Group, the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus stock

The network will be overseen by the Company Shop Group, the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus stock

The network of food waste champions will work within their organisations to cut back on the 1.1 billion tonnes of food waste that is produced across the food and drink retail and manufacturing sectors.

Businesses involved in the network include Bakkavor, Greencore, Mars, Nestle, Nomad Foods, Premier Foods, Samworth Brothers, Unilever and Upfield and Coca-Cola. The initiative has been backed by Government Food Waste Champion Ben Elliot and industry groups including WRAP and the British Retail Consortium.

WRAP’s chief executive Marcus Gover said: “The Luminary Programme has the potential to deliver long lasting behaviour change through encouraging more businesses and more sites to focus on the root causes of food surplus and waste. Company Shop is a Courtauld 2025 signatory and supporter of the UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, and this is exactly the kind of innovative thinking and action that will help us collectively achieve our goal to halve food waste in the UK.”