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UK: Fruit ranks highest in list of top 20 food items wasted

New research by the Industry Council for research on Packaging and the Environment (Incpen) has revealed that a list of the top 20 food items wasted or reduced to clear, between the wholesale depot and the retail check out, was led by fruit (40%). Meat and poultry (20%) ranked second with vegetables and bakery goods following closely behind.

“Few packaged products appear in the top 20,” said Incpen director Jane Bickerstaffe. “It is worth noting that the majority of the high wastage foods are typically sold both loose and pre-packed. It would therefore be worth exploring if packaging more of those sold loose would reduce waste.”

Incpen’s study used data from three major UK supermarkets, which together account for 65% of the UK market. The total number of food wastage in the list accounted for 22,000 tonnes of waste and £43m each year.


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