The Waste & Resources Action Programme has commissioned a number of research projects to the food industry with the aim of reducing food and drink waste throughout the supply chain and improve product quality.
The projects aim to develop innovations in manufacturing, packaging, storage, distribution and retail and are expected to reduce costs for businesses by improving efficiency and reduce environmental impact.
WRAP retail supply chain programme manager Charlotte Henderson said: This innovative research, which spans the entire supply chain through to the consumer, will reduce costs and waste for retailers and food manufacturers. Well be sharing these results with industry from late 2009 and throughout 2010 and were excited by the potential to deliver real change for the grocery sector, as well as helping consumers save money.
The research studies are being led by big names such as Asda, Co-operative, Sainsburys, Somerfield, Tesco, Premier Foods, Campden BRI (food research organisation), Adare (packaging solutions provider), East Malling Research (research organisation) and Giraffe Innovation (environmental consultants).
The findings are expected to generate a number of innovations at a category level, and reveal insights into consumer behaviour and drivers. These insights will be utilised in the Love Food Hate Waste campaign to help consumers save money by reducing waste.
Campden BRI project leader Martin George said: Reducing food waste is an economic and environmental necessity for both industry and the consumer. Within the chilled food sector, much of the food and associated packaging waste comes from poor temperature control, which can occur in any one of the many component parts of the chilled food supply chain. This project will quantify the extent of the problem and provide invaluable guidance to the chilled food manufacturer, retailer and consumer on the best practices to manage chilled food temperatures.
Adare chief executive Robert Whitesdale added: The flexible packaging solution that Adare has developed for Somerfield will significantly aid the consumer and the retailer in reducing the amount of plastic waste that is sent to landfill, as well as helping Somerfield achieve its goal to reduce food waste.