The issues

Food and drink production generates around 1.5 Mt of food waste, over half of which could be avoided, worth £1.1 billion a year.

The food supply chain also uses significant quantities of resources and its impacts include 170 Mt of CO2eq emissions (21% of the UK’s territorial emissions) and the consumption of around 70 billion m3 of water, or roughly 70% of the UK’s water footprint.

What can my organisation do?

To facilitate this change, WRAP manages the Courtauld Commitment 2025 to support the manufacturing sector. By working together with retailers and producers in your supply chain, significant change to the total industry waste and to your organisations waste costs can be achieved.

Target, Measure and Act

Food Waste Reduction Roadmap

The UK's largest retailers, food producers and manufacturers, and hospitality and food service companies have committed to milestones laid out in a new industry Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, developed in conjunction with IGD and WRAP to tackle food waste in the UK. To accompany the roadmap and toolkit there is a range of guidance and templates to help you 'Target, Measure and Act' on food waste.

To measure and report your food waste a data capture sheet and reporting template are available here.

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Supply chain food waste

Using WRAP’s research and guidance, manufacturers can reduce their food waste by working with their supply chain partners to refine their processes to cut-out waste in their production and manufacturing.

  • Food waste resource portal

  • Resource efficient and sustainable buying

  • Resource mapping

  • W.A.S.T.E process

  • WRAP's 555 approach

  • Food waste prevention digest

  • Fresher for longer guide


Supply chain packaging waste

Product packaging is one of the priority areas identified as key to cutting waste in the food and drink supply chain. By working with producers and manufacturers, retailers can find ways to ensure their packaging is designed sustainably and to be easily recycled.

  • "How to" materials to improve the environmental performance of products

  • WRAP recycled content protocol

  • Reducing food waste - how packaging can help

  • Preventing waste in the supply chain pf packed products

  • Packaging optimisation

  • Fresher for longer guide


Working with retailers

A key part of reducing waste in manufacturing requires organisations to work together to find areas where waste reduction can be achieved. Organisations who work with other companies across their supply chain can make real substantial changes that bring about both environmental and economic benefits for all organisations involved.

  • WRAP and the retail supply chain

Case studies: Our work in action

Reducing food waste in bagged salads

A study to look at opportunities to reduce food waste in bagged salad from farm to fork.

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Reducing syrup waste in soft drinks manufacture saves £117,000 a year.

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MyFresh and Hay Farming

Supply chain collaboration saves over £370,000 per year across a single product line.

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Co-operative Food and Tulip

Collaboration in the pork supply chain saves £395,000 and identifies further opportunities.

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Our resources

By working with WRAP your organisation can improve processes, find new techniques and work toward implementing best practice in your supply chain.






Case studies