Manufacturing and retail supply chain waste

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The production of food and drink results in significant benefits to the UK economy (£80bn Gross Value Added, around 7% of the UK total) as well as providing many jobs. 

It uses significant quantities of resources and its impacts include 170 Mt of CO2eq emissions (21% of the UK’s territorial emissions) and the consumption of around 70 billion m3 of water, or roughly 70% of the UK’s water footprint.

Food and drink production generates waste. We estimate there are 6.5 Mt of waste arising from manufacturing and retailing. Some 4.9 Mt arises in manufacturing and some 1.6 Mt arises in retailing. The waste comprises 4.3 Mt of food, 1.6 Mt of packaging and 0.5 Mt ‘other’ material.

Click here to view the presentation of the topline data of UK supply chain waste.