3 Businesses That Are Tackling Food Waste Through Innovative Means


Did you know that approximately $750 billion worth of food is wasted each year across the supply chain? That represents the 1/3 of food produced in the UK which is never eaten.

These numbers portray an inefficient usage of resources given that huge amounts of water, fertiliser and other production materials are being utilised for food that will never reach the human mouth. 3.3 million tonnes of gas emissions are accounted for by food waste annually!

The magnitude of this waste is further realised given the unequal distribution of wealth in the world. It makes no sense that people are going to bed on empty stomachs when food is being thrown away elsewhere. With world leaders pledging to work towards a more food-sustainable environment by making it one of the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ in a United Nations summit back in 2015, many businesses in the UK are working hard towards achieving this important culture change.

 

Get Wonky

Get Wonky is one such business. Get Wonky produces quality fruit juices with no wastage. Its mission is to produce delicious fruit juices by supporting farmers that cannot sell their produce elsewhere. As the company succinctly puts it… “Give Wonky Fruit a chance”. Even better, the profits are used to reinvest in the reduction of food waste. Get Wonky uses 100% recyclable glass bottles and has a sustainable catering pack that reduces plastic wastage, too. Its product lines include retail and catering options – both ranges are additive-free, save up to 7kg of produce and benefit from reusable packaging.

Get Wonky is a business dedicated to working towards reduction in food waste through its environmental and economical approach. It is a venture much needed in a time that requires food waste sustainability and we believe it will soar with such a delicious product range – one brand we will definitely be supporting!

 

FareShare

FareShare is a leading light in the battle against food waste. With tonnes of in-date, perfectly edible food going to landfill every day, this UK-wide charity diverts that food to the plates of the most vulnerable and needy people in society. FareShare has hard-won permission from leading supermarket chains and other socially-responsible food producers to distribute excess produce to social projects. Sounds simple, right? But transporting chilled items requires a vast fleet of refrigerated vans. To reduce costs, a small army of volunteers help out the salaried staff. They all act with one purpose – to save food waste and feed the hungry. Go Fareshare!

 

ChicP

Yet another business founded on the commitment to reduce food waste is ChicP. Producers of various, healthy and tasty dips, ChicP products are made primarily from surplus raw vegetables. ChicP is another exemplary business that strives for food waste sustainability and whose tasty products are making waves not only in food-waste culture but also by creating high quality food that consumers want at an affordable price point. Amongst a plethora of excellent testimonials on their website, the company won the Best Convenience Food Innovation Award at the World Food Innovation Awards 2016.

 

It is essential that government institutions and privately-owned businesses alike commit to the pressing issue of food waste sustainability, understanding its importance and realising that food wasted is equal to lives lost. Get Wonky fruit juices, the tremendous efforts by Fareshare, and ChicP with its flavoured hummus are all exceptional businesses dedicated to more than just profit-making and that should be celebrated. Let’s hope others can learn from them and follow suit.

Matthew Norton