Surplus food redistribution: WRAP's work

WRAP is working with retailers and manufacturers, logistics and redistribution organisations, together with industry bodies, to identify ways of increasing the beneficial use of surplus food.

Preventing food waste is a key priority for the food & drink sector, governments and individuals.  Preventing food waste at source should always come first, but surpluses can arise for a number of reasons; for example, food incorrectly labelled, over-ordered, over-supplied or obsolete seasonal stock.

 

The Courtauld Commitment 2025 Surplus Food Redistribution Working Group

WRAP’s report ‘Quantification of food surplus, waste and related materials in the grocery supply chain’. concluded that where food waste cannot be prevented, there is potential - at a UK level - to increase both redistribution (equivalent to an extra 270 million meals a year) and diversion to animal feed (an extra 140,000 tonnes. Overall this could prevent around 450,000 tonnes of food waste every year.

As part of the Courtauld Commitment 2025 (C2025) WRAP has established a Surplus Food Redistribution Working Group to:

  • provide a forum to look at practical ways to increase food redistribution;
  • discuss and share best practice;
  • identify barriers and opportunities; and
  • oversee the development of relevant new resources and approaches to monitoring progress. 

Shared vision statement

C2025 signatories have agreed a shared vision and level of ambition to work collaboratively with WRAP to double the amount of surplus food they redistribute by 2020 against a 2015 baseline.

The shared vision, and level of ambition, is jointly owned by WRAP and C2025 business partner signatories and relates to the amount of food surplus being redistributed by C2025 signatories from the retail, manufacturing, hospitality and food service sectors.

Food redistribution shared vision statement
 
‘The Courtauld Commitment 2025 (C2025) is an ambitious voluntary agreement that brings together organisations across the UK food system - from producer to consumer - to reduce food and drink waste by 20% by 2025.
 
'Our shared vision is that, where food surpluses cannot be avoided, all UK food and drink companies should seek to redistribute surplus food ahead of any other option. 
 
'As part of C2025, business signatories including leading retailers, manufacturers, and food redistribution organisations have agreed an ambition to work collaboratively with WRAP to double the amount of surplus food they redistribute by 2020 against a 2015 baseline.'