UK Dairy Industry Helps Consumers Cut Food Waste

UK - Responding to new figures published today by the Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP) on food waste in Scotland, Dairy UK Environment Manager Fergus McReynolds said: "Our industry is committed to helping consumers reduce food waste and improve their environmental footprint."
calendar icon 3 September 2009
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Mr McReynolds stated that dairy products were one of Scotland's most popular foods, been found in 97 per cent of fridges. With an estimated 500 million litres of  milk bought last year, Dairy UK claim that only six per cent of it was wasted, compared with 30 per cent of all food.

The dairy industry has been working over the last decade into innovation of pasteurisation techniques and packaging, allowing shoppers to buy milk in a format that suits them best.

Dairy UK and its members work closely with WRAP on a number of programmes, particularly advising consumers of storing and using milk and dairy products.

Mr McReynolds says that cutting food waste is only one part of the picture. The Milk Roadmap sets a wider series of environmental targets for the next 12 years. Mr Reynolds hopes that by 2015, almost no waste will be sent to landfill by dairies, 10 per cent of non-trnasport energy will come from renewable sources and, by 2020, half the plastic in every milk bottle will be recycled.

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