Stowmarket, Suffolk-based maltster Muntons claims to be the first in its sector to commit to the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, which is co-ordinated in the UK by WRAP, a not-for-profit organisation, and the food chain research and training charity IGD. Muntons says it is the first maltster to make this commitment and it hopes the move will help
Although Muntons’ current food waste level, at 0.51%, is minimal, the company says that the ethos of looking for any waste reduction opportunity and sharing actions through case studies is consistent with its values. A growing number of businesses, over 60% of the UK food and drink sector by turnover, are adopting the approach, which is designed to “Target, Measure, Act” on food waste. This is vital if the UK is to achieve its target of a 50% food waste reduction by 2030 across the whole food chain.
“The agricultural supply chain uses valuable natural resources to create highly nutritive food yet globally at least 30% of that food is wasted before it gets to the consumer and then after it is taken home,” observes Muntons’ director of technical and sustainability Dr Nigel Davies. “The IPPC estimated that food waste contributed nearly 10% of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions, between 2010 and 2016. Muntons is a strong supporter of the UN SDGs and pleased to join the growing number of supply chain partners who think positively about a sustainable future that starts right now.”