In the UK, a staggering GBP 5 billion is wasted each year in the manufacture and retail of food and drink. This is in a world where over 840 million go hungry every day. Clearly better food systems and sustainable production and consumption approaches are required to achieve food security worldwide, but UK businesses and households could also reap significant financial benefits if simple actions are taken.
Wasting food means wasting money both at the household level and in businesses throughout the supply chain. New guidance which aims to reduce food and drink waste could save the UK hospitality sector GBP 724 million per year and the average UK family could save GBP 700 per year.
WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) has worked in collaboration with UNEP (the United Nations Environment Programme) and FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) to produce the first of its kind tool, the Think.Eat.Save Guidance.
The tool provides clear and comprehensive steps for public and private sectors to develop strategies, programmes and activities to prevent and reduce food and drink waste which should result in financial savings, reductions in environmental impacts and increased food and nutrition security. The document which was published on 23 May 2014 is “Version 1” and it is intended it will be enriched progressively as more businesses begin to take on the challenge and reap the benefits of food waste reduction.