Food Waste

Two thirds of Brits believe Easter eggs contain too much packaging. Credit: Getty/Pollyana Ventura

News

69% of Brits say Easter egg packaging is excessive

By Bethan Grylls

While Britain is a nation of chocolate lovers, two thirds of consumers believe chocolate eggs comprise too much packaging – yet despite concerns over sustainability and inflation, we’ll still be dipping into our pockets for the sweet stuff.

Waste management solutions can help food and drink manufacturers improve their sustainability credentials.. Credit: Getty / Roman Mykhalchuk

Short read

Feeding the grid: turning food waste into bioenergy

By Philip Simpson

ReFood commercial director Philip Simpson explains how embracing innovative waste management solutions can help businesses to reduce overheads and bolster sustainability credentials.

A 'whey' cool system

Short read

Don’t cry over chilled milk

By Grahame Keeping

Adequate cooling is an essential part of any waste prevention programme, something farmer-owned dairy co-operative, First Milk, has recently invested in to keep its whey and cream products in top condition. Grahame Keeping from J&E Hall, which designed...

How will food factories need to evolve to keep apace with rising consumption? Credit: Getty/kynny

Long read

What will the future factory look like?

By Bethan Grylls

Bethan Grylls explores how food and beverage manufacturers will need to adapt to increased consumption, alongside pressures around sustainability with insight from a range of experts.

The Felix Project has already saved more than 60 tonnes of food from going to waste at Western International Market

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The Felix Project saves 150k meals from going to waste

By Gwen Ridler

Food redistribution charity The Felix Project has helped save more than 60 tonnes of fruit and vegetables from going to waste in just three months, thanks to its partnership with Western International Market (WIM) in Hounslow.

Independent drinks brand Flawsome! tells its start-up story. Credit: Getty/andresr

Q&A

Life as a start-up

By Bethan Grylls

In this exclusive Q&A, the founders of ‘wonky’ drink company Flawsome! disclose the ups and downs of their journey, how it all began and what’s next.

Could CBD hold the answer to berry freshness? Credit: Getty/Cristina Ionescu

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Extending the shelf-life of berries with CBD

By Bethan Grylls

A team of researchers in Thailand have developed a CBD-based coating which has shown promise in delaying rot in strawberries to keep them fresher for longer.

Stop Food Wate Day returns, calling for Brits to stop throwing away edible food

News

Call for action to cut food waste

By Gwen Ridler

Brits have been urged to be more mindful of the food they are throwing away as organisations mark the return of Stop Food Waste Day (26 April).

Bethan Grylls visiting the Felix Project and Bruce Grove Youth Centre which relies on the distributions of the charity to help feed its vulnerable families and individuals within its community

Feature

The benefits of working with a redistribution charity

By Bethan Grylls

Bethan Grylls interviews The Felix Project and FareShare to find out more about how they redistribute food, the food safety measures in place, and why they’re in dire need of help from manufacturers.

Credit: Getty / Roman Mykhalchuk

Long read

Novel ways of reducing food waste in F&B manufacturing

By Bethan Grylls

Following a panel discussion around ways food and drink companies can reduce their food waste and increase efficiency, our editor summarises some key talking points and our speakers come back together to answer a few more of your questions…

If we are to deliver on Net Zero we need a clear plan. Credit: Getty / Abstract Aerial Art

Long read

We need to be climate literate

By Bethan Grylls

Sustainability strategies permeate the air as copiously as the greenhouse gases that pollute our atmosphere, so why aren’t we on track to hit 2050 Net Zero targets?

Food waste, sugar and animal welfare were the top concerns among consumers

Food waste top concern among British consumers

By Gwen Ridler

Food waste, sugar and animal welfare were among the top concerns for British consumers when buying food, according to a new report from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Confusion over best-before and use-by dates needs to be adressed in order to prevent food waste, according to Marcel Koks

Dynamic best-before and use-by dates to curb food waste

By Marcel Koks

Marcel Koks, Industry & Solution Strategy Director for Food & Beverage at Infor, asks how food manufacturers can lead the way when it comes to reducing the huge amounts of food wasted by consumers each year.

The Government has appointed Ben Elliot to the position of Food Surplus and Waste Champion. Credit: Getty/Ungaju

Food Waste Champion appointed

By Aidan Fortune

Environment secretary Michael Gove has appointed Ben Elliot to the newly-created role of Food Surplus and Waste Champion.

The food supply chain could become more efficient by reducing waste at farms, claimed WRAP

Food waste on farms costs supply chain £30M

By Gwen Ridler

The UK food supply chain become could become more efficient and competitive and save the industry £30M a year by tackling food waste on farms, according to a new report from waste organisation the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

The UK could save £3.7bn by recycling food waste, instead of sending it to landfill

Recycling all food waste could save the UK £3.7bn

By Matt Atherton

The UK could save £3.7bn by using food waste sent to landfill for renewable biofertiliser, claimed a food waste expert, after figures last month confirmed domestic food waste alone topped 7.3Mt.

Household food waste has increased to 7.3Mt

Household food waste rises, despite falls elsewhere

By Rick Pendrous

Household food waste reduction targets under the Courtauld Commitment 3 (CC3) – a voluntary agreement aimed at improving resource efficiency and reducing waste within the UK grocery sector – have been missed, despite £100M of business savings being delivered...

5M pumpkins end up in landfill after Halloween

Halloween horror as 25Mkg of pumpkins wasted

By Matt Atherton

More than 5M pumpkins end up in landfill after Halloween – a real life “food waste horror story” – research by Unilever and charity Hubbub has revealed.

Hubbub is hoping to engage with 100,000 people on food waste

Pumpkins help Hubbub educate 100k people on food waste

By Laurence Gibbons

Hubbub will attempt to save 18,000t of pumpkin being discarded and educate 100,000 people on the wider food waste issue over the Halloween weekend with its ‘Pumpkin Rescue’ events, according to the waste prevention charity’s founder.

Consumers don't understand date labels, according to Approved Foods

‘Fundamental lack of awareness’ over date labels

By Laurence Gibbons

The food and drink industry must do more to educate people over a “fundamental lack of awareness” about the difference between best-before and use-by-dates in a bid to tackle food waste, according to the boss of online grocer selling best-before products...

11Mt of food is landfilled

Food waste to landfill hots up

By Alyson Magee

Reducing the amount of waste food businesses produce enhances their bottom lines as well as their reputations, as Alyson Magee discovers

supermarkets account for 0.25Mt of food waste a year, according to WRAP

Retailers shouldn’t carry the blame for food waste, says BRC

By Nicholas Robinson

Food waste reduction by manufacturers and households needs to be the focus of attention since they are the biggest culprits, rather than supermarkets, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) director of food policy Andrew Opie has argued.

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