Reducing food waste

Every year in the UK, more than 10 million tonnes of food is sent to landfill, representing an enormous waste of resources which our environment cannot sustain. Food waste is increasingly a reputational issue for companies, and it costs over £20 billion every year in lost revenue.

WRAP and IGD's roadmap, and accompanying toolkit, helps food and consumer goods organisations:

  • set an ambitious target for UK operations
  • measure and report consistently and with confidence
  • act to reduce waste, enabling UK to deliver its part in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12.3

Food Waste Reduction Toolkit
and Roadmap

In a world first, IGD and WRAP launched the food waste reduction roadmap in September 2018, which includes ambitious milestones to further reduce food waste in the UK.

Food Waste Reduction Roadmap

The Food Waste Reduction Roadmap encompasses the entire supply chain from field to fork. Each business has agreed to:


Set a food waste reduction target for its own UK operations, aligned with, or contributing to UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3.


In a consistent way and share what they learn.


To reduce its own food waste, to work in partnership with suppliers and to help consumers reduce food waste.

About WRAP

First established in 2000, WRAP is a not for profit organisation which works with governments, businesses and citizens to create a world in which we source and use resources sustainably. Their impact spans the entire life-cycle of the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the products we buy, from production to consumption and beyond.

"The Food Waste Roadmap, agreed by major companies in the food supply chain such as Arla Foods, and facilitated by the IGD and WRAP, is a shining example of how we can work together to solve a most pressing problem-that of wasting good food, that should be being sold and be feeding people. It is an essential link in the chain of a more sustainbale food future and for food security".

Richard Laxton, Global Sustainability Manager, Arla Foods

"Visibility of food waste data has been an important element of the rapid progress which we made a t Kerry Foods. Guidence and templetes in the Food Waste Reductioon Roadmap helped us to quickly implement suitable recording which initially identified the hotspots, and then helped us identify root causes which we could address."

Joe Dunne, Technical Director, Kerry Foods