Cranswick has achieved a 61% reduction in food waste a decade earlier than planned, eclipsing the international reduction target.
The Hull-headquartered food producer has surpassed the Champions 12.3 Target set in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which seeks to halve food waste and loss by 2030; instead achieving a 61% reduction in edible food waste across the business in under three years.
The reduction represents the elimination of over 4,216 tonnes of food waste, and waste now accounts for just 0.4% of total food produced.
Led by Cranswick’s ‘Changemakers’, who champion food waste reduction efforts internally and host events for all colleagues, the main steps have been prioritising prevention and building stronger communities, such as partnering with local food charities to stamp out food poverty.
Colleagues were engaged to focus on areas identified for improvement in a food loss and waste hot spot mapping exercise.
This process led to innovations such as finding new markets for ham trim packs and moving materials up the waste hierarchy so they can be used in new edible products (such as pet food) rather than being sent to landfill or anaerobic digestors.
New catch-trays have been installed to prevent meat from falling on the floor and new packaging is being used that increases shelf life.
According to Cranswick, a huge help to the prioritising prevention strategy came from the FareShare ‘Surplus with Purpose’ funding supported by the Government.
This has enabled the company to redistribute product that previously would not have been donated.
Looking to the future, Cranswick is determined to build on this success by targeting zero food waste excluding inedible parts, which is above and beyond current industry targets.
“Beating the Champions 12.3 target on food waste so substantially gives us confidence that zero edible food waste is achievable,” said Chris Aldersley, Chief Operating Officer at Cranswick.
“We need to get even more resourceful as we strive to get to zero edible food waste, which I am sure we will do with the support from the incredible people across our business.