FOOD WASTE INTELLIGENCE
Waste has emerged as one of the defining sustainability issues of our modern food system. Up to half the food produced globally is never consumed and in the UK 12m tons of food is thrown away annually, most of which is avoidable.
Foodservice and hospitality companies throw away 920,000 tons of food waste every year, about 13% of which is generated in the education sector.
This commitment to being part of the solution, for members and the Industry at large, has led to this important piece of research. Food waste is one of the biggest problems that the foodservice sector must tackle – we throw away 920,000 tons of food every year, of which 75% is avoidable; the numbers there speak for themselves.
Take a look at the TUCO and WRAP documents in the Documents section below for further information.
COURTAULD COMMITMENT 2025
TUCO were one of the founding signatories of The Courtauld Commitment 2025, which launched nationally on 15th March 2016.
The Courtauld Commitment 2025 is a world-leading ten-year voluntary agreement that brings together leading organisations from across the Foodservice Industry to tackle waste levels, greenhouse gas emissions and water intensity. All those involved will work collaboratively to reach the shared ambition of cutting the resources needed to provide food and drink in the UK by one-fifth in the next decade. TUCO are a business signatory to WRAP’s Courtauld 2025 commitment bringing together organisations across the food system from producer to consumer, to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable. TUCO Category Managers attend the following steering groups.
- Fresh Produce - Jane Eve, Head of Contracts
- Waste – Mandy Johnston, Category Manager
- HaFS - Mandy Johnston, Category Manager
- Dairy – Hannah Myton-Wright, Category Manager
- Meat – Kim Ashley, Category Manager
- Wales – Jane Eve, Head of Contracts
- Scotland – TBA as the group hasn’t yet met
GUARDIANS OF GRUB
The Guardians of Grub campaign was developed by WRAP to cut food waste from farm to fork. It's been developed to inspire action at every level of the hospitality and food service profession. The sector itself is responsible for ten per cent (one million tonnes) of the total 10.2 million tonnes of food wasted in the UK each year, with the cost of avoidable food waste varying between 38p and £1 for every meal it serves.
The Guardians of Grub campaign is supported by a dedicated microsite packed with free materials. Research by WRAP found that on average 21% of food waste arises from spoilage, 45% occurring in food preparation and 34% from consumer plates. The campaign accompanies a dedicated Action Plan, which sets out specific milestones the sector needs to achieve in delivering on the UK’s part in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 (to halve global food waste by 2025), and the UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.
A Guardians of Grub video touches on the environmental impacts of food. These include the amount of resources, water, land, energy and time required to produce food, as well as methane gas produced through decomposing food waste disposed of in landfill.
Visit the microsite here.
BSI Group, also known as the British Standards Institution, is supporting the Guardians of Grub campaign with two new videos showing the effects of food waste on climate change and what hospitality and food service businesses can do to tackle it.
Food Waste Reduction Roadmap
The IGD and WRAP launched the ground-breaking Food Waste Reduction Roadmap in 2018, to help food and consumer goods companies reduce their food waste. The UK's largest retailers, food producers and manufacturers, and hospitality and food service companies have committed to milestones laid out in the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap.
The Food Waste Reduction Roadmap encompasses the entire supply chain from field to fork. It shows actions that large businesses will take to address food waste in their own operations, support their suppliers in taking action, and engage with consumers and innovate to reduce their food waste. The ambitious aim is to halve fifty percent of the UK’s largest 250 food businesses measuring, reporting and acting on food waste by 2019, and all 250 companies by 2026. WRAP will track and report progress against the Courtauld 2025 target and roadmap milestones.
To accompany The Food Waste Reduction Roapmap and toolkit there is a range of guidance and templates to help you 'Target, Measure and Act' on food waste.
One year on, and 156 UK food businesses have now committed to Target, Measure and Act on their food waste, with 121 already reporting on progress. These 121 companies have a combined turnover of almost £220 billion, representing half of the overall turnover for UK food manufacture, retail and hospitality food service.
Love Food Hate Waste: Spoiled Rotten
Love Food Hate Waste aims to reduce the amount of food waste from households by helping citizens to buy what they are likely to eat and store their food in the best way to make it last longer.
Wave 3 was launched in February 2020 and will run until end of March 2020.
It's aims to encourage at 18-34 year olds, to 'eat what you buy'. Here's the link to all the assets, animations and editable static social media content that you will need to support the next Love Food Hate Waste campaign.
Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) are the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry and sustaining a thriving rural economy. The DEFRA broad remit means they play a major role in people's day-to-day life, from the food they eat and the air they breathe, to the water they drink.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers. It supports the development of thriving farming and worker communities that have more control over their futures and protects the environment in which they live and work. Supporting Fairtrade is your opportunity to connect with the people who grow the produce that we all depend on.
A Fairtrade University or College is one that has made a commitment to supporting and using Fairtrade.