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UK grocery sector ends packaging growth

August 2, 2008

UK grocery sector ends packaging growth

The grocery sector has ended packaging growth in the UK despite a sharp increase in sales, the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) said .

This success is the result of the Courtauld Commitment. This is a voluntary agreement between WRAP, Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), the Scottish and Welsh governments and the UK grocery sector to achieve significant reductions in household packaging and food waste. It was achieved by the grocery sector despite unanticipated challenges including 1.8% growth in the grocery sector and population growth of 0.5% per annum. It is the first step towards meeting the Courtauld Commitment’s ultimate target of decreasing the amount of packaging waste by 2010.

WRAP today hosted a summit of top retailers and brands at which Environment Minister Joan Ruddock gave the Government perspective. WRAP revealed that signatories to the Courtauld Commitment had achieved the 2008 objective and were on target to meet the 2010 objectives on food and packaging waste. Representatives of 32 retailers and brands took part in this summit. The retailers represent 92% of the UK grocery supermarkets.

For more information, visit WRAP website.

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