Food giants unite to tackle European food waste
With a value chain wide approach, from the field to the plate, Ardo, McCain, PepsiCo, SCA, Sodexo, Unilever Food Solutions and WWF have joined forces and their expertise to fight against food waste in the food services sector starting in Europe.
Given that studies show food waste occurs at every phase of the industry value chain, the International Food Waste Coalition’s approach engages with each sector calling on them to take their responsibility in the fight against food waste and to adopt a global strategy.
The coalition is currently piloting a project in schools from different countries of the European Union (EU). It says it is working to identify where food waste is happening in the different steps of the chain, to find efficient solutions, and at the end of the chain, to create awareness among students and teachers.
A final objective of the coalition is to consider legislation that assists or impedes the fight against food waste. For example, there is currently no uniform law in the EU which allows transfer of liability between the donors and the recipients of food donations.
“Effective collaboration amongst all stakeholders is essential for delivering a sustainable reduction in food waste across the total supply chain. Thanks to this important coalition, key companies are coming together to harness collective knowledge, utilise existing best practices and create engaging communication materials that will drive real action in reducing waste from ‘farm to fork’,” commented Martyn Seal, PepsiCo Europe's senior director environmental sustainability.