All foodservice and hospitality companies with over 250 employees should have a food waste target in place and be measuring, reporting and taking action on food waste by 2026, according to a new industry action plan.
Developed by WRAP, the Hospitality and Food Service (HaFS) sector Action Plan defines the steps companies must take to help to deliver the UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap which sets out how the largest retailers, suppliers, and hospitality and food service companies will contribute towards the SDG 12.3 target of a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030.
Other notable targets for HaFS businesses are for 100% of waste management companies to be providing actual food waste data by 2026; for public sector procurement to include food waste data as a mandatory requirement in contracts from 2022; and for all large HaFS businesses to be raising awareness of food waste with key suppliers by 2020.
Encompassing the entire supply chain from field to fork, the UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap is a joint initiative between WRAP and the IGD. It is based on a ‘Target, Measure and Act’ approach and aims to achieve the Courtauld 2025 target to cut food waste by 40% by 2025, as well as act as a key milestone on the trajectory to hit the SDG 12.3 target of a 50% reduction by 2030.
In addition to action plans, WRAP has also created sector specific guidance for measuring and reporting on food surplus and waste in line with global standards.
The ultimate aim is to have 50% of the UK’s largest 250 food businesses measuring, reporting and acting on food waste by 2019, and all 250 companies by 2026.
WRAP will regularly track and report progress against the Courtauld 2025 target and roadmap milestones with the next update due in autumn 2019.