It is heartening to hear that the Government’s latest food waste reduction initiative is taking effect. With the news that nearly £2m has been awarded to Company Shop Group, support will be given to a project which aims to save 3,000 tonnes of food from being wasted. This will rescue, re-purpose and redistribute surplus food from higher up the food chain, which has previously not been used because of both the cost and complexity of accessing it. For example, this will investigate ways of using ingredients left over during sandwich production, in collaboration with Samworth Brothers, so that it can be packaged and used for other purposes.
To date £4.2m of Government funds have been allocated to food redistribution companies in a bid to prevent surplus food from manufacturers and retailers going to waste.
This is an issue highlighted by Freeths’ environmental expert in a recent article for food businesses: Help for food businesses in driving down food waste
The specialist team will spend the majority of their time working in manufacturing sites, alongside the internal manufacturing teams, to identify and provide practicable solutions for food-safe product.