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UK supermarkets sign pledge to halve food waste

Over 100 food organisations, including many supermarkets, have signed the “Step up to the Plate” pledge (organised by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to halve food waste by 2030, support a week of action in November 2019, empower citizens and change their individual habits so as to reduce food waste.

Signatories include Aldi, the Food and Drink Federation, the Institute of Grocery Distribution, Lidl, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Unilever and Waitrose.

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Read the government’s announcement here and see a Q&A document here. See also the Foodsource building block What is food loss and food waste? and the UK’s National Food Strategy.

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