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Food Giants and Retailers Launch Coalition Tackling Food Waste

Food Giants and Retailers Launch Coalition Tackling Food Waste

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) launched the Coalition of Action on Food Waste, which aims to reduce the per capita global food loss by half at the retailer and consumer levels. The CEO-led initiative comprises 14 members representing the world’s largest retailers and manufacturers.

The members include Ahold Delhaize, Barilla, Bel Group, General Mills, Kellogg Company, Majid Al Futtaim, McCain Foods, Merck Animal Health, Metro AG, Migros Ticaret, Nestlé, Sainsbury, Tesco and Walmart.

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It is sponsored at the CGF Board level by Dave Lewis, group chief executive of Tesco, and Max Koeune, the president and CEO of McCain Foods. The steering committee of the Coalition is co-chaired by Francisco Cordero of Kellogg Company and Brittni Furrow of Ahold Delhaize USA.

A Serious Global Problem

“Food loss is a serious global problem and it can only be effectively addressed through committed collective action,” said director of environmental sustainability at the CGF, Ignacio Gavilan, in a press release.

“The launch of the Coalition of Action on Food Waste is a positive and important step to creating sustainable food strategies and preventing loss, and we look forward to seeing the impact the Coalition will have on the issue.”

Coalition Commitments

The Coalition will be guided by three commitments to implement measures to reduce food waste.

The first commitment is to recognize the importance of measuring and reporting food loss and publish the data by 2021. The members have also pledged to extend collaboration beyond the Coalition to engage their suppliers and other stakeholders.

The third commitment is to address food loss at the post-harvest level, which contributes to 30 percent of food waste. The members will achieve this goal by engaging with stakeholders to develop innovative and effective food loss prevention strategies.

Food Waste

Food waste is a vast environmental, social and economic problem as a third of the food produced globally each year is wasted. This is equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes of food and valued at $940 billion. Food waste is also responsible for adding 3.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases into the planet’s atmosphere annually.

With its commitments and actions, the Coalition will be able to have a powerful role in the effort to reduce waste, reducing stress on the environment, benefitting the global economy and ensuring more food makes it to stores and onto consumers’ tables in the process.