The Grocer's Waste Not Want Not campaign is gaining support.  It aims to double the amount of surplus food that's sent to charities. This overstocked or past best before/sell by date food would otherwise go to waste.

"We want to unite the industry, both retailers and manufacturers, to help reduce the huge amount of food waste identified in Parfitt’s report" states the Grocer this month. 

A failure to do so currently costs the UK food and drink industry a staggering £1.9bn in lost sales a year, according to Wrap’s research, with 1.9 million tonnes of food wasted along the supply chain in 2014/15 alone. 

Of that amount a whopping 1.1 million tonnes, or 56%, was avoidable. But “building on efforts made to date” within the industry Wrap believes both the retail and manufacturing sectors have a huge opportunity to slash these numbers. With proper waste prevention measures in place there is the potential to reduce avoidable food waste across the grocery sector by 42%, or 450,000 tonnes, by 2025, it says, saving the industry billions.

Find out more about the campaign and pledge your suport