Case study: Brakes Group

22nd June 2015

Supported by WRAP, Brakes embarked on a project to analyse the annual waste arisings from its ambient, chilled and frozen depots in order to identify waste prevention opportunities.

Project aims:
Product damage on lorries and returns from customers
Products supplied too close to their sell by date
Damage within depots from mishandling products

The Brakes Group supplies grocery, fresh and frozen food supplies and catering equipment to a wide range of customers, from pubs, restaurants and coffee shops, to schools, colleges, care homes and many more businesses with a food service requirement, in the UK, Ireland, France and Sweden.

In 2012, Brakes was one of the founding members of the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA). As well as its commitment to the HaFSA targets, Brakes is striving towards achieving a zero waste to landfill target by the end of 2015. The company’s own figures show that it has made excellent progress towards its target, and in 2014 was successful in diverting 98% of all waste away from landfill. Having achieved this, Brakes was keen to focus its efforts further up the waste hierarchy and look at ways to prevent food and packaging waste that is still produced each year.