The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has released their first-ever food waste booklet, a compilation of real-life initiatives by CGF members to measure and reduce food waste. CGF is a global industry network of CEOs and senior management of more than 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders.
Food waste poses an enormous environmental, social, and economic challenge. According to the booklet, food waste costs the global economy US$940 billion per year and is responsible for 3.3 billion tons of atmospheric greenhouse gases. CGF hopes that Food Waste: Commitments and Achievements of CGF Members will help proliferate best practices across the industry. The publication highlights various approaches to measuring and reducing food waste from various members, including The Campbell Soup Company, Kellogg Company, Marks & Spencer, and Nestlé.
One case study focuses on The Campbell Soup Company, which has developed strong relationships with their farmers and helped them divert food waste from production processes to animal feed and compost. Within their facilities, The Campbell Soup Company internally tracks food waste and has worked to implement a comprehensive food recovery system that includes changing sourcing decisions to donating to food banks. “Food waste is one of the key challenges of our time. As a company committed to our purpose, real food that matters for life’s moments, we realize we can play an important role in finding a solution,” says Denise Morrison, President and CEO of The Campbell Soup Company.
The food waste booklet is the third CGF collection of case studies in its series on environmental sustainability. The report follows a refrigeration booklet on climate-friendly alternatives to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and a climate change booklet on how businesses can play a role in keeping the rise in global temperature below two degrees Celsius.