Supermarket chain Morrisons has reported its food waste for the first time, having worked with Valpak to establish that more than 11,000 tonnes of food was recorded as damaged or out of date stock last year
Inedible food waste was collected for recycling and reprocessing where possible, the company said.
Morrisons said it donated 797 tonnes of food to local community groups. It has also launched a ‘wonky veg’ range, enabling it to sell vegetables that might otherwise be discarded, and invested £30m in washing and packing technology to increase yields and reduce waste at farms.
The company said it was both the UK’s fourth largest supermarket and second largest fresh food manufacturer, and had developed systems for preventing food waste and increasing the distribution of any surpluses.
Supermarkets have come under increasing pressure to release their food waste figures in recent years.
Tesco said in its annual report this month that it made a commitment in 2013 to reduce food waste in its own operation, supply chains and customers’ homes.
It said that among UK food sales of 10 million tonnes, there was 73,340 tonnes of surplus food of which nearly 20,000 tonnes went for disposal, with the remainder being either edible or suitable for animal feed.
Sainsbury’s annual report is due next month.