Health and social care food supplier apetito has signed up to a government drive to halve food waste.
apetito, which runs a meals on wheels service for 100,000 people living at home, has joined over 100 of the UK’s biggest food brands, including all major supermarkets, in signing a pledge to help halve food waste by 2030 and raise public awareness of the issue through a week of action.
Matthew Norton, Director of Corporate Affairs & Policy, said: “apetito is proud to stand alongside some of the UK’s largest food organisations and commit to tackling food waste. As a supplier of food to some of the most vulnerable people is society, we are always looking for ways to improve our operation and become a more sustainable business.
“A commitment to drive down food waste within our kitchens and distribution is an important step on that journey. Our aim as a business is to make a real difference, not only to our customers but to our environment and the world as a whole, joining this pledge shows our commitment to that.”
An estimated 10.2 million tonnes of food and drink are wasted annually in the UK after leaving the farm gate, worth around £20 billion.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “I am delighted to see so many UK food businesses commit to game-changing action to cut food waste, and I hope that others follow suit. The UK is showing real leadership in this area, but each year millions of tonnes of food is wasted. I want to thank our Food Surplus and Waste Champion for inspiring business to step up to the plate. Together we will end the environmental and economic scandal that is food waste.”