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Waste Not Want Not

The Grocer’s national campaign, Waste Not Want Not, is seeking to unite the industry, and to lobby the government, to achieve a greater reduction in food and drink waste, and to increase the amount of edible food that is redistributed to feed needy people

About our campaign

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Waste Not Want Not campaign launched by The Grocer

Our campaign wants the industry to work towards the goal that any edible food – that cannot be sold by retailers and manufacturers – should be used to feed people ahead of any other purpose

Why this campaign

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Why The Grocer is launching its Waste Not Want Not campaign

By Adam Leyland

The fact is the industry still either throws away or incinerates 1.9 million tonnes of food and drink waste

Food waste news

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Tesco redistributes five million meals with FareShare FoodCloud

16 Jan 2017 | By Megan Tatum

Tesco says work is now underway to extend the scheme across a further 1,800 convenience stores

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An inward approach won't deliver progress on food waste

13 Jan 2017 | By Megan Tatum

For some, the voluntary pledge to cut food waste lacks teeth or ambition and misses out vast swathes of industry


Asda launches Surplus Swap app to help suppliers cut waste

13 Jan 2017 Updated: 16 Jan 2017 | By Ian Quinn

App enables suppliers to sell off unwanted ingredients and trimmings

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Sandwich makers call for return to ‘use by end of’ labels post-Brexit

11 Jan 2017 | By Julia Glotz

‘Use by end of’ labels reduce confusion and prevent food waste, the BSA says

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Food waste update reveals £13bn of edible food thrown away

10 Jan 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Courtauld Commitment 3 report reveals £13bn of edible food needlessly thrown away from homes in 2015

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Sainsbury's boss Mike Coupe comes under fire over food waste

14 Oct 2016 | By Megan Tatum

As Coupe fought off attacks from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Tristram Stuart, the CEO looked increasingly like the pantomime baddie

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Waste Not Want Not: how the biggest suppliers are performing

07 Oct 2016 | By Megan Tatum

From surplus in their supply chains to leftovers at the bottom of the bottle, how are manufacturers tackling waste? factory one use


Food waste conundrum set for Efra MPs scrutiny

23 Sep 2016 | By Ian Quinn

Supermarket bosses will next month need to explain what they are doing to reduce the UK’s food waste mountain

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Carrot or stick? MPs face a big food waste conundrum

21 Sep 2016 | By Ian Quinn

As Efra gears up for its inquiry into food waste, it’s already clear creating consensus will be an uphill struggle

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That Tesco is leading the way on food waste is amazing

09 Sep 2016 | By Adam Leyland

It’s easy to be cynical about the supermarkets. Especially when it comes to tackling food waste

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Who is winning the war on waste?

09 Sep 2016 | By Megan Tatum

For our Green Issue we have ranked how the UK’s 10 largest retailers are doing in the war on waste

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How to level the waste playing field

08 Sep 2016 | By Megan Tatum

For only £10m per year we think government could encourage businesses to redistribute 100,000 tonnes of edible food

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Tristram Stuart, the original waste wonk

08 Sep 2016 | By Ian Quinn

Years before Hugh FW and Jamie Oliver waged war on waste, Tristram Stuart was fighting to push it up the global agenda

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Let's create a zero food waste Britain

07 Sep 2016 | By Gina Boswell

Much progress has already been made, but it’s time to be even more ambitious, says Unilever’s Gina Boswell

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Tesco’s 29p veg is a savvy move against discounters and food waste Subscription

30 Aug 2016 | By Ian Quinn

Instead of suppliers being faced with tonnes of wasted products, Tesco decided to lower prices 

your letters

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Working together on waste will speed up change

08 Dec 2016

Sir, If we all work together we can help to speed up change on waste

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Kellogg's progress in reducing waste

11 Nov 2016

The Waste Not Want Not campaign resonates so well with our own Breakfasts for Better Days initiative

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Food suppliers are also working hard on waste

14 Oct 2016

Tackling food waste across supply chains is a key part of FDF’s Five-fold Ambition and new Ambition 2025 commitments


Collaboration will strengthen the war on waste, says Aldi

30 Jun 2016

Aldi is delighted to offer its support of your campaign and its objectives

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Waitrose MD praises Waste Not Want Not

16 Jun 2016

Sir, We applaud The Grocer’s campaign to reduce food waste and to accelerate progress on this issue

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