Food waste reduction the goal for Pick n Pay and its partners

Pick n Pay has recruited 20 of its largest food and manufacturer suppliers to join the 10x20x30 initiative, a global private-sector project, to significantly combat in-store and supply chain food waste by 2030. Pick n Pay has set its own internal target to reduce food waste by 50% by 2025.

Some of the key local brands that have committed to work with Pick n Pay to reduce food waste in South Africa include Tiger Brands, Danone, Kellogg, McCain, RCL Foods, Premier Foods, Mars, Rhodes Food, Unilever, Pioneer, Dewfresh, Willowton, Mondelez, and Astral Foods.

The 10x20x30 initiative is aligned to the  South African Food Loss and Waste Voluntary Agreement, recently launched by the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) and Government, which many other local food manufacturers, distributors and retailers, including Pick n Pay, have also signed.

This comes ahead of World Food Day on 16 October, a day which serves to create awareness and collective action to end hunger in a world where there is enough food to feed the entire population but where millions go to bed hungry.

In South Africa, up to a reported 30% of agricultural production is wasted while almost 20% of South African households have inadequate access to food.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization reports that approximately 14% of food produced globally is lost between harvest and retail, with significant quantities also wasted at the retail and consumption levels.

10x20x30 seeks to change this and is supported by 10 of the world’s largest food retailers and manufacturers. These include retailers Carrefour, Tesco, Walmart, Ahold Delhaize, and Pick n Pay as the only South African retailer.

Gareth Ackerman, Pick n Pay chairman, says that Pick n Pay has been minimizing its food waste at store level for many years, but he says that to make a long-term sustainable impact, industry needs to work together.

“This new partnership with many of our largest suppliers means we can accelerate the changes needed to reduce food waste in our supply chains – from farm to store. In the process, we can significantly strengthen our food systems in South Africa.”

“Cutting food waste makes both financial and environmental sense. Companies save money which can be reinvested, hopefully in their customers. We also save the environment as food waste is a large contributor to climate change due to its greenhouse gas emissions,” says Ackerman.

The second phase of 10x20x30 involves each supplier committing to a reduction target, measuring their food loss and waste inventories, and creating actionable reduction strategies and policies.

Pick n Pay is leading the way in its food waste reduction journey and includes:

  • Diverting 20% of its food waste from going to landfill.
  • To date, more than 1,600 tones of food that has passed its sell-by date, but not its expiry date, have been donated to NGOs every year.
  • Launching a shelf life extension project to reduce wastage and;
  • A waste recovery project to recover dry groceries, such as sugar, pasta and rice, and divert this from landfill.
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