The Food and Drink Federation has encouraged manufacturers to work with charity FareShare, which distributes surplus food to homeless people. By diverting food from landfill, manufacturers could save money, said Callton Young, the FDF’s director of sustainability and competitiveness.

“Nestlé UK reduced food and packaging sent to landfill by 95% between 2005 and 2006, and reduced its disposal costs by 40%,” he said. “Zero food and packaging waste to landfill from 2015 is one of the FDF’s environmental ambitions and waste prevention is a key part of this.