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Princes Group publishes its global food waste figures

15 December 2020

International food and drink group Princes has published food waste data for its global operations. It reports that just 1.1% of total food handled by the business was wasted in the year to March 2020. 

Of the 22,149 tonnes of food waste generated, 18,397 tonnes (83%) was sent to anaerobic digestion to be converted to energy. In its UK operations, Princes decreased food waste by 7% to 16,631 tonnes in 2019/20. 
As a member of the Champions 12.3 coalition of organisations dedicated to accelerating progress towards tackling global food waste, Princes Group has formally adopted the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.3, to ‘halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses, by 2030”.
David McDiarmid, corporate relations director at Princes, said: “Though we’ve made considerable headway, reducing food waste within our UK operations by 7% in the past year, we are aware that there is more work to do, and we are continually exploring different options to drive further progress. We will continue to call on suppliers to join this initiative and communicate with consumers to raise awareness about the importance of food waste reduction in the home.”
Material sent to other destinations includes 55,241 tonnes used for animal feed, and 427 tonnes redistributed for human consumption via charitable donations. 

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