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Supply chain waste

27 July 2015

With an increasing global population and corresponding rise in the demand for food, the issue of food security is high on the global agenda. At the same time estimates of the quantity of food and drink wasted each year produce headline figures.

FAO report: 30% all food produced around world is lost or waste

The European commission suggest: food waste in the EU could rise to 126mt/year by 2020 if no addressing action is taken.

Additionally, the associated costs to businesses and consumers in terms of the financial, environmental and societal implications of waste, as well as the inefficient use of resources, is attracting attention. As such, managing losses in the supply chain is a key area of focus for businesses, now and in the future. 

Latest technical information and tools

  • Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) - a registered charity and organisation which delivers research and evidence, voluntary agreements and consumer campaigns as well as grant-making and financial support. Their work is focused on three of the most resource intensive sectors - food and drink, clothing and textiles and electricals and electronics with food waste reduction of particular relevance to the industry. http://www.wrap.org.uk/food-waste-reduction
  • The Courtauld Committment - a voluntary agreement funded by Westminster, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments and delivered by WRAP aimed at improving resource efficiency and reducing waste within the UK grocery sector http://www.wrap.org.uk/node/14507
  • Courtauld 2025 - Securing a more resilient future together: a proposed new ten-year framework (2016-2025) being brokered by WRAP for collbaorative action across food and drink in the UK, helping business become more resilient to future changes in supply and demand. The framework is to include agreeing over-arching targets for carbon, water and waste reduction. WRAP is due to announce a formal proposition in 2015, with the work building on that of the Product Sustainability Forum, Courtauld an Hospitality and food service Agreementwww.wrap.org.uk/content/courtauld-2025-securing-more-resilient-future-together
  • Losses in the supply chain are linked to effective pest and disease control and overall crop management in field and store. A number of AHDB Potatoes KT campaigns are aimed at improving crop production and match customer needs. Visit the Agronomy tab for more information on our activity.

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