Federation of Bakers and Hovis sign up to Courtauld Commitment 2025

The Federation of Bakers, Hovis and the Real Bread Campaign are among the latest organisations to sign up to Courtauld 2025.

Twenty-four new signatories, including the Scotch Whisky Association and Stonegate Farmers, have pledged to help tackle food waste. The total number of organisations involved – including supermarkets, manufacturers, charities and government bodies – now stands at 156.

The expansion comes a year into the Waste & Resources Action Programme’s (WRAP’s) 10-year plan to slash the resources needed to provide the UK’s food and drink by a fifth, saving £20bn, and coincides with the publication of a Review of the work undertaken so far.

“This first year has been about creating sector-wide collaboration and developing networks for change, and I’m very pleased with how signatories have responded,” said Steve Creed, director of Business Programmes at WRAP. “This first year has been about creating sector-wide collaboration and developing networks for change, and I’m very pleased with how signatories have responded.

It comes less than a week after WRAP released best-practice guidance, designed to clear up confusion around food labelling, which can lead to food being wasted.

Courtauld uses what WRAP describes as a holistic approach from farm to fork, with achievements set out under sector categories. This includes an initiative called ‘Your Business is Food’ for the hospitality and foodservice sector to help businesses track and reduce food waste.

It also looks at commercially viable ways to use food surplus, with signatories in the bakery sector a core focus of this, as well as options for redistribution via charities such as FareShare.

British Baker magazine subscribers can also access our latest feature on waste, which explains the rules and regulations around such donations, as well as alternative uses for bakery waste. 

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