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UK companies unite in open letter urging Government to tackle food waste

19th Mar 2024 - 06:00
UK companies unite in open letter urging Government to tackle food waste
Anti-food waste organisation Too Good To Go, in partnership with the British Retail Consortium, published a landmark open letter signed by over 30 leading companies from the UK's food, retail and manufacturing sectors advocating for mandatory public food waste reporting.

With more than a third of all food produced currently going to waste, the urgency of tackling food waste has been recognised across the food sector. Food waste contributes 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Pre and post farm gate food waste costs £21.8 billion annually to the UK economy. 

Jamie Crummie, co-founder of Too Good To Go, said: We're delighted to see the strong level of industry support for the introduction of mandatory food waste reporting. The stark reality is that a staggering 40% of all food produced globally goes to waste.

“In 2024 there is no room for half-hearted measures or commitments a decade away. The Government has an opportunity to lead the way in the fight against food waste by introducing mandatory food waste reporting and we hope it will seize this chance.” 

Signatories of the letter, addressed to Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Steve Barclay, include Wells and Co, Yo! Sushi / Snowfox , Aldi, Sainsbury's, Danone, Nestle and more.

Written by
Edward Waddell