UK: Changes to food packaging could save £1 billion annually

31 March 2017

Analysis of the UK food retail market in the WRAP Retailer Survey shows that around 350,000 tonnes of avoidable household food waste, worth an estimated £1 billion annually, could be prevented through further changes to key food items. The financial benefits of making specific changes to food packaging and labels have been outlined as well. Proper labelling is very important. The number of products found to have two date labels fell from almost 40% in 2009 to less than 3% in 2015. Multiple labels confuse shoppers and WRAP found an almost complete removal of Display Until dates used in combination with either a ‘Use By’ or ‘Best Before’ date’ (Press Release WRAP, 27 February 2017).
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