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Christmas comes early for former foodstuffs

12 December 2018

The Christmas rush is all over already for the former foodstuffs industry according to Paul Featherstone, Chairman of the UK Former Foodstuffs Processors Association. Every year the industry processes 650,000 tonnes of food products, which cannot be consumed by humans, into animal feed.

He says: “Like the rest of the food industry, Christmas has a significant impact on our work. The amount of surplus food product increases significantly as, towards the end of August and beginning of September, manufacturers gear up to produce products for Christmas with longer shelf lives such as biscuits, confectionary and mince pies!!

“In the New Year, supplies of surplus food products will dip to half their normal levels as manufacturers respond to reduced consumer demand due to New Year’s resolutions!”

According to the UN, around a third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. This has massive economic, social and environmental impact. Both the EU and WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) in the UK, have recognised that the use of former foodstuffs for conversion to animal feed is not ‘food waste’ .

WRAP believes that there is potential to increase the amount of former food products going into animal feed by 20 per cent by 2025.

Paul says: “Collectively the food industry’s New Year’s resolution should be to reduce the amount of food products ending up in landfill or energy generation, and increase the volume that is recycled back in the food chain Where possible food should go for human consumption, but processing former foodstuffs into animal feed makes a significant contribution to reducing food waste.”

ENDS

Note to Editors

The Members of UKFFPA are A Tucker & Son, AB Nutrition Ltd, AC Shropshire Ltd, Cave Liquid Haulage, Green Feeds Ltd, Leafield Feeds, SugaRich, Withernay, and W Rigby & Son.

Further information
Inge Verwoerd, AIC
07585 323943
inge.verwoerd@agindustries.org.uk

Issued by
Geoff Dodgson, Dodgson Consulting
07710 379 561
geoff @dodgson.info