Resource efficiency charity Wrap, unveiled the commitment which aims to reduce the resource intensity of the UK’s food and drink industry by one-fifth in the next 10 years.
The commitment goes further than previous ones with three targets: a 20% reduction in food and drink waste; a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas intensity of food and drink consumed in the UK; and a reduction in impact associated with water use in the supply chain.
So far the Courtauld Commitment 2025 has received 100 signitories including M&S, Aldi, Asda, Nestle, Unilever, Warburtons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Coca-Cola and Morrisons.
Also on board are hospitality and foodservice specialists including Pizza Hit, Bidvest, Compass, Sodexo and Greene King Retail. Trade and sector organisations are also on board, including the Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA).
The FPA executive director Martin Kersh said: “Courtauld initially sought to reduce packaging weight and excellent progress has been made but more recently the focus on packaging has moved towards optimising the use of material in protecting food and extending shelf life.
“With so much food and drink consumed away from the home the hospitality and foodservice sectors have a huge part to play in achieving the Courtauld 2025 targets and the FPA looks forward to working with leading UK grocers and food and drink brands and playing its part in achieving these goals.”
Twenty four local authorities have also signed up, including the London Waste and Recycling Board.
Richard Swannell, director of sustainable food systems at Wrap said: “Collaboration has never been more important, which is why I want to thank businesses and organisations that have committed to take action. This is an ambitious undertaking and having key signatories on board on day one puts us in a strong position at the start of this new era for our food industry.”
Resources minister Rory Stewart added: “Food waste – at any stage from the farm to the house – is something we should avoid. It wastes precious water and resources. So I am delighted that this great group of food and drink companies has come together with Wrap to reduce our food waste.”