Sustainability on the up, food to landfill stays at zero

In the run up to COP26, CFA is pleased to report a positive sustainability picture for its members, who represent many of the largest chilled food producers in this £13bn industry.

Data from CFA members reveals a 10.7 percent reduction in carbon dioxide between 2008 and 2020 in spite of an almost threefold increase in production. CFA believes that this is a credible achievement given that the easier to achieve savings were made during 2000-2010.

Additionally, CFA members continue to not send food waste to landfill. Food redistribution continues to contribute to this positive outcome with over 7.5 million meals redistributed in 2020 through agencies such as FareShare and the Company Shop.

Dr Rachel Hackett, chair of CFA’s Sustainability Group: “We are proud of our track record. From 2017 to 2020 we redistributed almost 25 million meals and have not sent any food waste to landfill for a decade. But we realise that we now have a high ‘personal best’ and making further reductions will be challenging. However, our focus will remain firmly on the issue and we will continue to do all we can to minimise our industry’s impact on the planet”