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New crusade to beat food waste

A new industry campaign has launched today to tackle nearly £3 billion worth of food that is wasted every year across the entire hospitality and food service sector, of which 75% could have been eaten.

Guardians of Grub has been developed by WRAP to inspire action at every level of the hospitality and food service profession to reduce the amount of food thrown away in their establishments, from kitchen porter to business owner and from Michelin star restaurants to local pubs. It is about making simple, low-cost changes to the way food is bought, prepared and served.

The Guardians of Grub campaign is supported by a dedicated microsite containing free materials that businesses can use to tackle food waste, including posters, how-to guides and a free calculator to record the changes being made.

The sector itself is responsible for ten per cent (one million tonnes) of the total 10.2 million tonnes of food wasted in the UK each year, with the cost of avoidable food waste varying between 38p and £1 for every meal it serves. Previous research by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and WRAP across 700 companies operating in 17 countries found a high return on investment for activities implemented to reduce food waste. The average business saving, across multiple sectors, was shown to be more than £14 for every £1 invested by a business into reducing food loss and waste.

A Guardians of Grub video has also been produced which touches on the many environmental impacts of food. These includes the enormous amount of resources, water, land, energy and time required to produce food, as well as methane gas produced through decomposing food waste disposed of in landfill.

A dedicated month of action will follow in September when the hospitality and food service sector will come together to Stand up for Food.

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