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Grocery body launches food waste project

The Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), a food and grocery research and training body, has launched a scheme to encourage food store workers to reduce their household food waste.

The Working on Waste project will be carried out in partnership with WRAP. It will give workers tips on ways to reduce food waste including recipes for leftovers, food waste diaries, meal planners and an invitation to take part in a ‘Leftover Lunch Day’.

The project will take place in October and reach around 650,000 workers from 107 consumer goods companies.

IGD will also host nine ‘roundtable roadshows’ across England to discuss household food waste with the grocery sector.

The findings from these events, along with other research, will be used to produce a report in 2015.

Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive at IGD, said: “I’m thrilled that companies of all sizes are supporting this campaign, demonstrating how serious they are about tackling food waste in homes. Through this scale, collaboration and power of our industry, we have the potential to make a substantial impact collectively in reducing household food waste in the UK.”

Richard Swannell, director at WRAP, said: “This campaign is a great opportunity to further mobilise action by those who work in the sector, which is good for their pockets and the environment.”

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