‘Best before’ deals to be scrapped as supermarkets pledge to half Britain’s food waste

British supermarkets, food manufacturers, restaurant chains, pubs and hotels are pledging to halve food waste.

Each year Britons throw out some 10.2 million tonnes of good food, with an estimated 60 per cent of the waste avoidable.

This equates to some £20billion – £300 per person – of perfectly edible fruit, vegetables, bread, salads, ready-made sandwiches and other items.

British supermarkets, food manufacturers, restaurant chains, pubs and hotels are pledging to halve food waste. File photo

British supermarkets, food manufacturers, restaurant chains, pubs and hotels are pledging to halve food waste. File photo

British supermarkets, food manufacturers, restaurant chains, pubs and hotels are pledging to halve food waste. File photo

 Now the food giants have agreed to take steps such as scrapping ‘best before’ labels on fresh food, giving more to food banks and charities plus selling more ‘wonky’ produce at discount prices or diverting it to ready meals and soup.

Buy-one-get-one-free deals on fresh food will also be curtailed.

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 Some 89 of the UK’s biggest retailers and food businesses, including the big four supermarkets, have agreed to start tackling the problem by 2019, with the new Food Waste Reduction Roadmap aiming to halve food waste by 2030.

The plan has been drawn up by the waste reduction charity, Wrap, together with others.

The boss of Tesco, Dave Lewis, will say today: ‘We hope together we can take targeted action to reduce waste.’

UK’s biggest retailers have agreed to start tackling the problem of food waste by 2019. File photo

UK’s biggest retailers have agreed to start tackling the problem of food waste by 2019. File photo

UK’s biggest retailers have agreed to start tackling the problem of food waste by 2019. File photo

 

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  1. Thank you As a employee of the company I’m devistated!!! Having been told that we are going to loose are jobs next because are department is closing because of the lack of money, I m fuming!!! That amount of money would have kept the department open for another 5years…..Everyday waking up thinking what will I do for a job? Then you wake up and read that!! Are you positive about the supply?

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