The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), supported by Defra, launched the Courtauld Commitment 2025 in March 2016. This is an ambitious voluntary agreement that brings together organisations across the food system – from producer to consumer – to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable, including all major retailers. The commitment contains ambitious industry targets to be reached by 2025. One of these is a 20% per capita reduction in food and drink waste arising in the UK.
WRAP also launched the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap in September 2018 which so far has been adopted by 89 companies, including major supermarkets. These companies have signed up to a range of ambitious food waste reporting and target milestones.
To increase redistribution the Secretary of State announced at the Conservative Party Conference that the Government will set up a new scheme to reduce food waste. The scheme will be supported by £15 million of additional funding which has been allocated to tackle food waste. The scheme will be developed over the coming months in collaboration with businesses and charities. The scheme will launch in 2019/20.