Major supermarkets sign Government pledge to halve food waste by 2030

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Over 100 companies including major UK supermarkets have signed up to a “game-changing” Government pledge to halve food waste by 2030. 

Signatories include Aldi, Asda, Caffé Nero, Co-op, Costa, FDF, Lidl, Sainsbury’s, Starbucks, Tesco, M&S, Morrisons, Nestlé, Ocado, UKHospitality, Unilever, World Wildlife Fund for Nature and Waitrose. 

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This move follows a symposium last month, where waste champion Ben Elliot, called for organisations to “Step up to the Plate”.  

Ben Elliot said: “We are pleased to see these retailers committing to change. To those retailers yet to sign the pledge – why not? You have a responsibility to step up and do your bit. We will be highlighting those who participate and those who do not. The food waste crisis can only be solved by collective action.” 

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “I am delighted to see so many UK food businesses commit to game-changing action to cut food waste, and I hope that others follow suit. The UK is showing real leadership in this area, but each year millions of tonnes of food is wasted. I want to thank our Food Surplus and Waste Champion for inspiring business to step up to the plate. Together we will end the environmental and economic scandal that is food waste.” 

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