Reducing food loss and waste

, we calculated that, on average, each person throws away the equivalent of 42 days’ worth of food every year. We believe there are ways we can prevent food waste and promote healthy eating, like encouraging more people to eat vegetables or tackling overbuying.

WRAP and Nestlé also launched an initiative that aims to redistribute meals across the UK. Developed by Nestlé in partnership with , the Waste Not, Want Not methodology assesses the main causes of food waste within a food operation and reduces them at source where possible. By 2019, any surplus food should be redistributed to commercial and charitable organizations rather than being used for animal feed or anaerobic digestion, and the project aims to redistribute 2 million extra meals. The approach has already been tested at a number of Nestlé factories.

Contributing to the WBCSD FReSH initiative

We’re a leading member of the WBCSD project, which aims to achieve healthy, enjoyable diets for all, produced responsibly within planetary boundaries. Reducing food loss and waste is an essential element of this, because unused food has a major impact on the environment, and there is also a resulting loss of nutrients.

As part of FReSH, we helped to develop the Food Loss and Waste Value Calculator, a tool to estimate and communicate both the environmental and the nutritional impact of food loss and waste.

We are also committed to the organization’s work on securing a sustainable future for food through dietary changes. Additionally, in 2018, we supported the Oxford Food System Impact Valuation Initiative. Along with similar investments from Syngenta, Yara and FReSH, this will support research into the True Cost of Food work being done by FReSH.

Estimating the losses of milk from farm to factory

As a major dairy company, we’re dedicated to reducing milk losses throughout our supply chain. In 30 countries, we’re tracking milk losses from farm to factory gate, by supporting farming communities to avoid pre-harvest losses and making sure the raw material gets delivered safely to our factories. So far, our system has been a great success: in 2018, milk losses from farm to factory were just 0.3% of production – in some countries, losses were recorded at 0%. We have also implemented actions to reduce losses, including improved collection systems.

Combating food waste in Latin America and the Caribbean

To help fight food waste in Latin America and the Caribbean, Nestlé helped launch ?(‘No food loss, no food waste’), a platform led by the Inter-American Development Bank and supported by other major food and technology companies, including Coca-Cola, IBM, Dow Chemical, the FEMSA Foundation, Grupo Bimbo and Oxxo. Other partners include the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the Global Food Banking Network, the Consumer Goods Forum and the World Resources Institute.

This is important: more than 115 million tonnes of food is lost and wasted in Latin America and the Caribbean every year – in some regions, losses of fruits and vegetables exceed 50%, and, in homes, about 28% of all food goes to waste. This is at the same time as nearly 42 million people in the region suffer from acute under-nutrition.

The platform aims to address this situation by promoting four areas of work: innovative projects, national and local public policies, knowledge generation and responsible consumption habits. Key elements of the platform will be encouraging the adoption of labeling standards and spreading awareness through campaigns.

Laurent Freixe, CEO of Zone Americas at Nestlé, said: “We are a part of #SinDesperdicio because we recognize that no one can solve the problem of food waste alone. We have to work together to turn the tide for people and the planet. Nestlé is doing its part, including aiming for zero waste for disposal at all our sites by 2020, and fighting food waste together with our suppliers and consumers.”

Denmark’s new initiative to fight food waste

In August 2018, Denmark launched Denmark Against Food Waste, a private sector initiative and think tank dedicated to reducing food loss and waste. As part of this coalition of 17 food retailers, manufacturers and nonprofit organizations, Nestlé has committed to halving its food waste by 2030 and publishing annual data on the subject every year.

The initiative is designed to complement the country’s wider food waste reduction strategy.

Making it easier for consumers to waste less food

We’re encouraging consumers to make the most of the food in their homes by creating healthy and delicious meals from leftovers.

A full 40% of food waste in developed countries happens at retail and consumer level – often because of poor planning, as well as misunderstanding the difference between the ‘best before’ date, when food loses some of its quality, and the ‘use by’ date, when food is no longer safe to eat. Even worse, much of what we throw away contains nutrients like calcium, iron and vitamin B12, which we already consume below recommended levels.

We’re also posting tips and recipes to help consumers reduce their food waste.


USE BY informs you about food safety.
BEST BEFORE informs you about food quality.

Reducing waste in manufacturing

In Chile, our Maipú Distribution Center has now achieved zero waste to landfill (for all waste, not just food) following a campaign of engagement and training, and the provision of segregated collection areas. Three years ago, 52 tons of food waste and packaging were sent to landfill. Now, food waste is converted into animal feed while recyclable plastic, wood and paper are sent to a recycling contractor.

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