2 Sept 2021
A new report from WRAP reveals farmers could achieve a potential 20% increase in profits by reducing surplus and wasted food.
Field studies conducted by WRAP across a range of products demonstrated that improvements in data and measurement are key to waste reduction. Levels of food surplus and waste on-farm were often higher than expected, with significant variability observed between farms, which suggests potential to improve performance within existing practices.
Financial analysis of five classic British foods showed the following potential profit gains if all farmers achieved best in class performance:
Key findings from WRAP’s work:
WRAP’s report states: ‘Tackling waste in primary production is a crucial element of transforming our entire supply chain so that we can build a food system which supports healthy citizens, a health economy and a healthy planet… Reducing food waste, from farm to fork, is imperative to achieving Net Zero – and the goals of COP26 this November.’
You can find out how research with Ribena at Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I and their blackcurrant suppliers addressed on-farm food surplus and waste in the WRAP report.
The report on farmer-led pilot studies can be found here.