New Coalition Aims at Cutting Global Food Loss in Half

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has launched a CEO-led Coalition of Action on Food Waste, bringing together 14 of the world’s largest retailers and manufacturers with the goal of halving per capita global food loss at retailer and consumer level.

The coalition’s members are making three major commitments by joining. The members will need to report their food loss data by 2021, expand the collaboration beyond the coalition by engaging with their suppliers and address food waste at the post-harvest stage where 30% of it is created.

If the Consumer Goods Forum is able to get retailers and manufacturers to share all of their data on food loss publicly and collaborate to find more effective and innovative ways to reduce waste, it could make a tangible impact on the industry. It could also encourage many other food, beverage and retail companies from around the world to join the coalition, further increasing its effectiveness.

Food waste is an enormous environmental, social and economic problem. A third of food produced is never eaten, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tonnes of food lost each year. That represents an economic cost to the global economy of USD $940 billion. Food waste is also responsible for adding 3.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases into the planet’s atmosphere annually, so if food waste were a country, its carbon footprint would be third only to China and the US.

The 14 initial members of the coalition are 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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