You know something’s happening when one of the planet’s best known and most loved charities teams up with a mega multi-national. Pepsi and WWF, along with Unilever and Sodexo, amongst others, have joined together to form the International Food Waste Coaltion which claims to have the largest geographical food services footprint in the world and have the potential to act at each step of the chain.
The IFWC’s president Damien Verdier said: “We have a big ambition for the coalition. We truly believe that the collective organisation that we are creating will provide efficient solutions to the food waste challenge.
“A challenge which must not be underestimated, both in terms of the impact on the climate and its natural resources, and the big question of ‘how will we feed the world in 2050?’.”
The law around food donation, which seriously affects the hospitality business in the UK , is one significant area of interest for the the Coalition and it’ll be looking at ways to align legislation across the EU – particularly around liability.
Supermarkets wage war on waste
Meanwhile two of the UK’s favourite food retailers have also revealed plans to seriously reduce food waste.
Sainsbury’s is launching a £10 million, five year plan which it says could transform communities across the UK. At the heart of the plan, Waste Less, Save More, the supermarket giant will invest £1m in a UK town which could be a pilot site for innovation. Maybe there’s room for restaurants to be involved too.
Marks & Spencer announced a nationwide food redistribution scheme which will see 150 of the supermarket’s biggest stores pass surplus food onto a host of local charities.
The initiative forms part of M&S’ Plan A target of reducing food waste by 20% by 2020. Surplus food including fruit, vegetables, bread, cakes and groceries will be distributed via the social network Neighbourly.
Scotland leads way again
And finally, in this round up of food waste reduction initiatives, Scotland, already a pioneer when it comes to this issue, is to set a formal food waste reduction target. Announcing the plans, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said he believed the target would be the “first of its kind” in Europe.