The UK Former Foodstuffs Processors Association (UKFFPA) has welcomed the recent government-backed industry initiative to reduce food waste. While the Association represents companies that process former foodstuffs into animal feeds, it believes that the priority is to use as much food as possible for human consumption.

The food waste reduction roadmap, drawn up by the IGD and the WRAP waste reduction charity, aims to involve major food manufacturers and retailers in meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goal of halving global food waste volumes by 2030.

“As an industry we are committed to promoting WRAP’s food material hierarchy which sets as its first priority that all food fit for human consumption is consumed by humans,” stresses UKFFPA chairman Paul Featherstone. “This initiative aims to improve the amount of food for human consumption. We applaud and support that objective, while continuing to play a vital role in the ‘circular economy’ of the food supply chain.

“UKFFPA members play a vital role in reducing waste in the food chain and ensuring that foodstuffs not fit for human consumption is processed into valuable animal feed rather than ending up in single use bio-energy production or, worse still, landfill.”

The Association has nine members – the SugaRich Group including AB Nutrition and Leafield Feeds; AC Shropshire; A Tucker & Son; Cave Liquid Haulage, Green Feeds; Withernay and W Rigby & Son. The industry converts some 650,000 tonnes of ‘former foodstuffs’, ranging from broken biscuits to unwanted pasta, into FEMAS assured animal feed materials each year. The association estimates this has an energy equivalent to feed wheat grown on 92,000 hectares.