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Food and drink manufacturers pledge to cut packaging and food waste

Food and drink manufacturers pledged to considerably cut packaging and food waste by 2010, in a five point plan initiated by their trade body, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). The industry want to reduce the 4.6 million tonnes of food packaging that ended up in UK households in 2005. The FDF wants to reduce this by 340,000 tonnes by 2010, a cut of 13.5%. It also wants to send zero food and packaging waste to landfill from 2015. Speaking at the launch of its programme, FDF chair of sustainability and competitiveness steering group Fiona Dawson said:"FDF, on behalf of its members, is today making a public commitment to make a significant, collective contribution to improving the environment by targeting those areas where we can make the biggest difference. This is a bold initiative which builds on our existing achievements in reducing our environmental impact. It is an indication of the leadership which FDF and its members wish to show on this important agenda. FDF have over 200 members including Tate & Lyle, Nestlé UK, McCain Foods and Walkers. Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said: I am pleased to see the real commitment of the FDF to push forward a programme aimed at improving the environmental sustainability of the food manufacturing industry. The example set by the Federation will, I hope, encourage others to follow in their footprints carbon or otherwise. I look forward to seeing the FDF hitting their targets and then setting new ones for further improvement. Image: (L-R) Iain Ferguson FDF President, Hilary Benn and Fiona Dawson

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