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Wales launches food supply chain plan

A cross-industry plan to reduce waste across the food supply chain has been launched by the Welsh natural resources minister.

The Food Manufacture, Service and Retail Sector Plan sets objectives and measures the Government, food producers, hospitality sector and waste managers must take in the run up to 2050 to prevent waste and increase recycling.

Carl Sargeant


Carl Sargeant, left, said: “It’s vital that Welsh businesses can be competitive and resilient in world markets.  Ensuring a secure supply of materials, and making the most efficient use of materials is key to this, as well as the potential to make savings and become more efficient.”

WRAP estimated that a tonne of food and drink waste costs food manufacturers around £950 and £1,200 to retailers.

The plan includes:

  • government support for SMEs to reduce their food and packaging waste and increase recycled  content of packaging
  • government support for social enterprises to tackle food surplus in the supply chain
  • government incentives to reduce the reliance on landfill
  • extend the producer responsibility for retailers to reduce waste and improve the recyclability of products

“This sector plan is broad, covering food and associated packaging waste and looking at the entire food supply chain after it has left the farm, from manufacturer to consumer,” said Sargeant.

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