The CEO for The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), Harriet Lamb, has called for more changes to be implemented by businesses to cut household food waste.
Food waste from the grocery retail sector only contributes 2-3% of the UK total but retailers have a critical role in influencing food waste across the supply chain, including from their customers.
Positive changes have already been made by retailers, for example, confusing ‘display until’ dates have been removed, action has been pledged on removing ‘best before’ dates from fresh fruit and vegetables, and also some supermarkets have changed promotional strategies so you don’t have to buy multiple items to take advantage of offers.
WRAP is now pressing for more of these changes to be implemented by businesses: from supermarket pricing to fridge design, from the way in which food is packaged to how food waste is collected from our homes. They are also calling for a supportive policy framework for this transition, working in tandem with a flexible and faster voluntary approach.
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