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Event: Preventing Food Surplus Becoming Food Waste

A panel of experts will convene in Manchester on 24 January to explore food waste and how leading organisations are tackling the issue – with over 10 million tonnes of food and drink wasted a year.

A panel of experts will convene in Manchester on 24 January to explore food waste and how leading organisations are tackling the issue – with over 10 million tonnes of food and drink wasted a year.

Based on the latest available data, 60 per cent of the 10 million tonnes of food and drink wasted annually in the UK is considered avoidable, with an estimated economic value of over £17 billion.

Business case

According to a 2016 government-backed report, businesses in grocery supply chains could save £300 million a year alone by taking measures to reduce food waste at source.

The most wasteful sectors include dairy, meat, poultry and fish, ambient products, fruit and vegetable processing, and bakery, cake and cereals.

Food poverty

At the same time, the UK is facing rising food poverty, with 8.4 million people now struggling to afford to eat.

It is estimated that grocery supply chains could increase food redistribution streams to fight food poverty four-fold.

Progress

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has recently announced new food waste targets for its membership, which covers over 6,000 businesses in the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector.

Meanwhile, the first global standard for reducing food waste was launched in 2016 to help empower businesses in food and drink supply chains to measure, report and manage food loss and waste.

Whilst the policy landscape in this area is still emerging, there are leading manufacturers, retailers, NGOs and supporting businesses already working collaboratively to address the issue.

Hosted by pro-manchester, the event will share insights from local and national organisations that are tackling the issue head-on, including ASDA and Kellogg’s.

A drinks reception will be followed by a formal two course lunch where there will be ample opportunity for debate.

The event will take place on 24 January at The Castlefield Rooms in Manchester city centre. For more information, click here.