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Courtauld 2 misses food waste reduction target

The target of reducing household food and drink waste included in the second phase of the Courtauld Commitment has been missed, the latest WRAP figures indicate.

A report on the 2010-2012 phase of the grocery sector voluntary agreement revealed food and drink waste in the period decreased by 270,000 tonnes, or 3.7%,  just shy of the 4% target.

WRAP said reasons for this included changes in eating habits and that there are a million more households in the UK now compared to 2007.

The organisation pointed out that taking into account rising production, sales volumes and household numbers, a reduction of 6.1% in total household food waste had been achieved.

The other two targets part of the voluntary agreement were met or exceeded. The carbon impact of grocery packaging was reduced by 10% against a target of 10%. Grocery product and packaging waste in the supply chain was reduced by 7.4%, against a target of 5%.

The final results contrasts with a 2011 report, which indicated more progress had been made in the areas of food waste and packaging reduction, rather than in the supply chain.

Nonetheless, WRAP pointed out Courtauld Commitment Phase 2 helped deliver £3.1bn in savings for the 53 signatories and their customers.

Liz Goodwin, chief executive at WRAP, said: “The final outcome of phase 2 shows how collaborative working achieves results that have financial benefits to the UK and deliver significant reductions in environmental impact.”

The third phase of the Courtauld Commitment was launched in May 2013 and will run until 2015.

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