Governments globally have set ambitious targets to tackle food waste, and technology is connecting businesses and customers, so surplus food doesn’t end up as landfill. All this activity is opening up opportunities for the Scottish food industry and retail sector to fight food waste and increase revenue.
In Scotland, 1.35 million tonnes of food and drink are wasted every year. To this end, the Scottish Government, has pledged to reduce food waste by 33% by 2025, increasing this to 50% by 2030.
The food waste fight is definitely gaining ground in the UK. Great campaigns have helped raise awareness. And great digital apps have made it to market, making it easier to share information about surplus food.
Ninety businesses, including some of the UK’s largest retailers, food producers, manufacturers, hospitality and food service companies, have committed to halving food waste by 2030. So, with ambitious food waste targets being set, and technology being used to incentivise the customer, there’s nothing but potential for business growth in this area.