New targets set to impact suppliers

Supermarkets will be seeking suppliers' cooperation in meeting new targets on waste and other sustainability measures to which they committed last month.

Of the 4.3 million tonnes of food and drink wasted each year in the grocery supply chain, more than 90 per cent arises in production, a new report by the British Retail Consortium claimed. It also warned that the EU could soon introduce its own food waste reduction targets.

In 2013, retailers sent just six per of waste to landfill - down from 47 per cent in 2005 - and they have committed to reducing this to one per cent by 2020.

British Retail Consortium members will also publish their own waste figures, following a lead set by Tesco last year, and have committed to sharing best practice with suppliers in energy and carbon management as well as reducing their water use through the supply chain.

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