How are supermarkets tackling the food waste problem?

According to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), retail food waste accounts for only 2% of the total food wastage in the UK, with over 70% of post-farm food waste generated by households and the remaining 28% from manufacturing, hospitality and food service. It is clear, that alongside reducing and redirecting the waste produced…

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The Cucumber Problem: Is Shrink Wrapping that Bad?

Major food and drink retailers, particularly supermarkets, are one after the other releasing statements of intent on reduction of plastic packaging. This was stimulated by public demand, but certainly encouraged by Iceland’s announcement of its intent to eliminate plastic packaging from its own-brand products by 2023. The stimulus created by Iceland’s announcement is to be encouraged…

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So what actually is the food waste problem?

The previous blog post explored some ways in which packaging may help resolve the issue of food waste. Packaging can help preserve and protect food, reducing losses before retail and enabling consumers to store fresh food longer. However, food waste is not a simple problem, and there are many factors involved. This post will discuss…

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How could packaging help reduce food waste?

The previous two posts in this blog series have drawn attention to what food waste actually is, and considered why it’s a problem. One reason food waste is concerning is due to resource wastage, not just of food itself but of agricultural and financial resources which are used to produce and purchase food. This post…

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Why is food waste a problem?

The first blog post of this four part series about food waste sought to clarify what food waste is. Food waste incorporates any food components removed from the food supply chain for recovery or disposal, of which a considerable chunk is from households. Of this, 60% is estimated to be avoidable. The last section of…

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What actually is food waste?

This blog post is a first in a series about food waste. Food waste has been identified as a significant issue in the UK, and indeed globally, and is a focus of some UK government policy, and campaigning by WRAP. This blog series aims to discuss the problem of food waste, and explore what is…

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