Just 1.3% of food waste comes from retailers


New figures show that only 200,000 tonnes of food waste comes from the retail industry.

Out of 15 million tonnes of food thrown away in the UK, this represents just 1.3%.


This data comes from the seven major supermarkets and was independently collated by WRAP, with it estimating that there was a 10% reduction in food and drink waste by grocery retailers and manufactures between 2007 and 2012.

By working with consumers through schemes such as Love Food, Hate Waste, retailers have helped to cut household food waste by 15% or around 1.3 million tonnes between 2007 and 2012.

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British Retail Consortium director of food and sustainability Andrew Opie said: “Our members are pleased to introduce new levels of transparency into the supply chain and today’s figures tell a positive story about the vast efforts grocery retailers have made to reduce their food waste to only 1.3% of the total.

“At the same time, we all need to continue to focus on where we can make the biggest reductions in food waste and that is in the supply chain and the home. We have a huge contribution to make and will continue our work with suppliers and consumers to build on the progress we have already made.”