A number of big-name retailers have signed up to ‘challenging’ new targets for cutting food waste in the supply chain and at home, reports freshbusinessthinking.com.

Under the third phase of the Courtauld Commitment, all major grocery retailers have agreed to work towards three new environmental goals, including a desire to reduce household food waste by five per cent by 2015.

Measures being introduced through the agreement are a range of product portion sizes and advice on how to use up leftovers. For example, leftovers could either be used to create a new dish or thrown into recycling bins at home.

Furthermore, retailers are active participants in the ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ campaign run by WRAP, a resource efficiency body, cites scotlandfoodanddrink.org.

Welcoming the agreement is the British Retail Consortium (BRC), which claims the deal is a ‘clear demonstration’ of retailers’ commitment to reducing food waste further.

Andrew Opie, BRC food and sustainability director, commented on the move: “These new targets build on the major strides already made by grocery retailers to reduce food and packaging waste.

“Despite the downturn and other challenges affecting business, the retail industry is continuing to innovate and collaborate on waste reduction as well as working hard to meet wider green goals across all aspects of its operations,” he added.

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