Nearly 100 major food companies have signed up to a grand plan to publish food waste figure. 

Charity Wrap and the IGD has announced a Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, which they said would see the UK become a world leader in the fight against food waste.

Signatories include Bidford, Compass, Nando’s, Pizza Hut Restaurants, Sodexo, Bakkavor, Nestle and May Park, as well as the major supermarkets, which have agreed to publish details and take action against their contribution to food waste.

The aim is to have half of the top 250 food businesses measuring, reporting and acting on food waste within 12 months and all 250 companies doing so by 2026.

The Roadmap is aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goal of slashing food waste across their UK operations by 50% by 2030.

Marcus Gover, Wrap chief executive, told The Grocer: “I think today’s announcement is quite transformational. It has taken a huge amount of work, together with the IGD, to get to this point.

“I think the most important thing is agreeing on a common system of measurement because without that it is difficult to persuade companies to publish their figures.

“The fact that we have agreed on this should make them feel more confident. Whilst even now it may take some time for some of them to feel confident, the fact that we hope to have half of the top 250 companies measuring and reporting their food waste figures by this time next year makes the UK a world leader in taking action.”