Muntons leads the way in food waste reduction

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Muntons has become the first maltster to commit to the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, coordinated in the UK by not-for-profit organisation WRAP and the IGD research and training charity. 

The Stowmarket-based malt and malted ingredient manufacturer has long been recognised as the leader in sustainability within the malting industry, and this initiative sees them expand their leadership further by also helping to champion sustainability in the food industry.

An increasing number of businesses, now representing over 60% of the UK food and drink sector by turnover, are adopting the approach designed to “Target, Measure, Act” on food waste –  critical to achieving national targets of a 50% food waste reduction by 2030 across the whole food chain.

To meet these national and global targets, a collaborative and concerted effort to reduce food waste is required, focussing on the prevention of food surplus and waste being generated in the first place, redistributing surplus food that does arise, and diverting surplus food which cannot be used to feed people into animal feed and high value biomaterial processing.

“The agricultural supply chain uses valuable natural resources to create highly nutritive food, yet globally at least 30% of that food is wasted before it gets to the consumer and then after it is taken home. 
“Muntons is a strong supporter of the UN SDG’s and pleased to join the growing number of supply chain partners who think positively about a sustainable future that starts right now.”

Dr Nigel Davies, Muntons’ director of technical and sustainability  


Peter Maddox, director of WRAP, said: “The link between food waste and climate change is something we can no longer ignore. “Having the support of companies like Muntons is crucial in helping to mitigate against this problem through their own actions, and by engaging with their customer base. We are delighted that Muntons is supporting the UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap in this way and will work with its clients to influence change.”

 

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