The UK’s largest milk processor Arla Foods, a founder signatory to the Courtauld Commitment 2025, is working on a cross industry programme to cut food and drink waste, greenhouse gas emissions and water intensity. The 90 signatories include food manufacturers, retailers, hospitality, trade bodies and local authorities.
The farmer-owned dairy company has previously supported the Courtauld 2 and Courtauld 3 programmes over the last six years, making a significant contribution towards reaching the targets set on packaging weight reduction, industrial waste and food waste.
The Courtauld Commitment 2025 is a voluntary agreement led by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). It sets three ambitious targets: a 20% reduction in food and drink waste, a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas intensity from food and drink consumed and a reduction in impact associated with water use in the supply chain.
Initiatives already in place include a state-of-the-art filtration system to allow rainwater to be harvested and clean waste water to be recycled at the Aylesbury dairy; the use of 1,000 tonnes of surplus liquid waste as animal feed instead of anaerobic digestion at Stourton and heat recovery systems to store and reuse hot water at Llandyrnog. In 2015, Arla began a partnership sending surplus food to Fareshare, a national organisation supplying charities with food for meals for the disadvantaged.