Coalition of Action on Food Waste is made up of 14 manufacturers, retailers
Nestlé and General Mills are among the global food manufacturers to have joined a new food waste initiative launched this week by the Paris-based Consumer Goods Forum (CGF).
The Coalition of Action on Food Waste seeks to halve the “per capita global food loss at the retailer and consumer levels”, and has been joined by 14 of the world’s largest manufacturers and retailers, including Tesco in the UK.
CGF said in a statement that a third of the food produced each year goes to waste, equivalent to around 1.3 billion tonnes annually, which represents a cost of about US$940bn to the global economy. In addition, wasted food has an impact on the environment and is responsible for contributing 3.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
Ignacio Gavilan, director of environmental sustainability at the CGF, said: “Food loss is a serious global problem and it can only be effectively addressed through committed collective action. 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”.
CGF is a global industry network made up of company chief executives and senior management across 70 countries. It has previously called for standardised date labelling around the world to reduce food waste given the confusion between best-before and use-by dates.
Other food producers that have initially joined the coalition include Kellogg, Barilla, Bel Group, McCain Foods, Ahold Delhaize and Majid Al Futtaim, along with Merck Animal Health, Metro AG and Migros Ticaret. Sainsbury’s and Walmart complete the retailer line-up.
The Coalition is sponsored at the CGF board level by Tesco CEO Dave Lewis and Max Koeune, the president and CEO of McCain Foods. The Coalition Steering Committee is co-chaired by Francisco Cordero of Kellogg and Brittni Furrow of Ahold Delhaize.
“The Coalition and its members, with their explicit CEO engagement, action-oriented commitments and passion for accelerating sustainable change on a global level, will be able to contribute to the effort to reduce food loss in supply chains worldwide with their ongoing collaboration,” the CGF said.
just-food has approached Nestlé, General Mills, Kellogg and Tesco for comments on joining the Coalition but had not received a response at the time of writing.