Retail

The issues

Around 350,000 tonnes of avoidable household food waste, worth an estimated £1 billion annually, could be prevented through further changes to key food items in the UK’s shopping aisles.

Retailers have a unique position within the supply chain to affect change in their own operations, production, manufacturing, and consumer behaviour, as well as their own operations.


Simple technical changes to date labels, packaging, sourcing and waste processes can save your organisation money as well as contributing to global goals on food waste reduction.

What can my organisation do?

Target, Measure, Act

Food surplus and waste measurement and reporting guidelines for Food Retail operations

These guidelines aim to help food retailer’s measure and report on food surplus and waste that occurs within their own operations, so they can reduce it through evidence-driven strategies. They clarify and contextualise the requirements from the UK Guidelines for Measuring and Reporting Food Surplus and Waste (UK Guidelines), for the retail sector, based on retailers’ specific operational considerations.

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

Retail operations guidance

WRAP has identified a 3 step process to help retail organisations to reduce losses and improve resource efficiency along the value chain.


By working through these steps using WRAP's resources, your organisation can find opportunities to cut food waste, help your local community and save money.


1.

Start with own operations

Identify areas within your organisation where your operations create waste and take action by:

2.

Work with your suppliers

Develop relations with your suppliers to:

3.

Help consumers to reduce their food waste in home

Encourage your consumers to reduce food waste by:

Case studies: Our work in action

Designing In Sustainability with ASDA

A new generation of sustainable products by design
80% of the environmental impacts of today’s products and services are
determined at the early stages of product design and development.

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Budgens

Top fruit supply chain saves over £60,000 through improved resource efficiency
Applying lean-based thinking across the whole supply chain

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Morrisons

Significant potential savings for the Morrisons pork supply chain by reducing variability

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Designing in Sustainability with Sainsbury’s

A new generation of sustainable products by design
80% of the environmental impacts of today’s products and services are determined at the early stages of product development and design.

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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.

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