Food waste in primary production – a preliminary study on strawberries and lettuces

Uploaded by: Kate Bygrave
Uploaded on: 28th September 2017
Author(s): WRAP

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The research highlights the benefits of tackling food waste in primary production. For the two sectors assessed, WRAP estimated that £30 million ended up as waste in the UK, in 2015. This resulted from a complex set of factors, with forecasting and product specifications, and pest and disease damage, being cited most frequently.

The report shows a considerable variation in the results between growers. Weather and site specific factors explain some of this, but it also highlights the value in supporting greater uptake of best practice.

Pioneering projects are now underway within Courtauld 2025 in response to this evidence, targeting improvements in business performance and resource efficiency, whilst combatting food waste. These whole supply chain projects involve farmers and growers, fresh produce, hospitality & food service and retail companies. The focus is on priority crops including soft fruit, potatoes, root vegetables and salad.

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