WRAP is working with retailers and manufacturers, logistics and redistribution organisations, together with industry bodies, to identify ways of increasing the beneficial use of surplus food.
Preventing food waste is a key priority for the food & drink sector, governments and individuals. Preventing food waste at source should always come first, but surpluses can arise for a number of reasons; for example, food incorrectly labelled, over-ordered, over-supplied or obsolete seasonal stock.
Food Waste Reduction Fund
In December 2017, a new Food Waste Reduction Fund was announced, to support the redistribution of quality surplus food to people in need throughout England.
The fund, which recieved more than 120 expressions of interest, will be distributed to eight charities and not-for-profit groups. They will each receive grants from the £500,000 Government fund which will be administered by WRAP. The grants will help provide the essential resources needed to expand their important work.
The Courtauld Commitment 2030 Surplus Food Redistribution Working Group
WRAP’s report ‘Quantification of food surplus, waste and related materials in the grocery supply chain’. concluded that where food waste cannot be prevented, there is potential - at a UK level - to increase both redistribution and diversion to animal feed. Overall this could prevent around 450,000 tonnes of food waste every year.
As part of the Courtauld Commitment 2030 WRAP has established a Surplus Food Redistribution Working Group to:
- provide a forum to look at practical ways to increase food redistribution;
- discuss and share best practice;
- identify barriers and opportunities; and
- oversee the development of relevant new resources and approaches to monitoring progress.
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