FDF achieves its Five-Fold Environmental Ambition

Our report, published today by the Food and Drink Federation and WRAP, found that FDF members reduced the amount of food and packaging waste sent to landfill in 2015 to effectively zero (<0.1% of total waste arisings).

Based on survey responses, our study found that around 96.6% of the total food processed was sold as intended, a further 1% was redistributed to people or diverted to animal feed and the remaining 2.4% underwent some form of waste treatment.

The biggest barriers to increasing food redistribution to humans were: the unsuitability of materials, concerns about brand integrity and current arrangements which favour diversion to animal feed.

Data were provided from a total of 75 sites producing 4.5 million tonnes of food and drink in 2015 (8% of the UK's food and drink manufacturing - 14% of its value). Additional data sources from the Environmental Permitting data were also analysed.

The results from this survey will help inform the FDF's Ambition 2025, including taking further actions to reduce food waste from farm to fork and maintaining the zero-waste-to-landfill achievement.

Click here for the Waste Survey report.

Simon Strick