Morrisons publishes food waste figures for the first time

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Approximately 11,000 tonnes of Morrisons' food went to waste from its stores in 2017/18

UK supermarket Morrisons has published its food waste figures for the first time, announcing 11,000 tonnes of food went to waste from its stores in 2017/18.

The chain worked with third party data analytics firm Valpak to measure levels of waste at its stores using a scanner-based system which removes the weight of packaging from food planned to be thrown out.

Following recommendations from WRAP, Morrisons said it will review on-pack guidance on its products and move from ‘Display Until’ to ‘Best Before’ dates.

It will also increase the visibility of its 'Enjoy for longer when kept in the fridge' message and consider the WRAP recommendation of using a fridge logo and other additional messages to encourage less waste.

Morrisons also runs an unsold food programme which saw nearly 800 tonnes fo food being donated to community groups in 2017/18.

Food redistribution partner, FareShare’s CEO, Lindsay Boswell, said: “We are incredibly proud of our partnership with Morrisons.

“Thanks to collaboration across multiple production sites, FareShare is able to access a range of fresh, nutritious food that is in such high demand by the thousands of frontline charities we support – items like fresh fish, potatoes and fruit.”

According to a study by the United Nationas food agency, one-third of the world’s food production is lost or wasted.

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