The uncomfortable truth about food waste
SUEZ and Yume tackle food waste in Australia
Credit: SUEZ Australia and New Zealand
The existing food supply system in Australia means that 7.3 million tonnes of food is discarded each year. 55% of it occurs in the commercial food sector – at farms, food manufacturers and wholesalers – before it reaches supermarkets or our homes.
And it’s not just about the food. More than a quarter of the water exploited globally is used to grow 1.3 trillion kilograms of food that no one will ever eat. Plus, when surplus food ends up in landfill, it creates 25 times more deadly gas than car exhaust. Our planet simply can’t absorb this anymore.
Saving the planet, one food supplier at a time
There are many reasons why stock may be considered surplus. For example, a supplier may have a cancelled or incorrect order, no space for new stock or a product might be close to code. This can leave primary producers, wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers with tonnes of surplus food and a lack of time or the contacts to re-sell it.
By teaming up with SUEZ and Yume, food suppliers can sell their surplus stock to a growing network of buyers, through one digital platform. Food buyers can also choose from many quality products at discounted prices.
Already, Yume - which works with hundreds of leading food manufacturers, such as Unilever and Kellogg's and food service giants like Sodexo and Accor Hotels - has sold over 2,589 tonnes of quality surplus food, returning $7.5 million to Australian farmers and manufacturers.
What does this mean for our customers?
Food and beverage suppliers such as manufacturers, primary producers and importers can gain the following benefits:
Turn food surplus, such as raw materials, excess ingredients and excess finished goods, into a revenue stream
Save on time and costs associated with disposing food products
Identify opportunities to prevent surplus food from going to landfill and increase diversion rates
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with food waste
Increase commitment to sustainability
Fighting commercial food waste at both ends of the spectrum
We need to start taking responsibility for all the waste we produce, and we can achieve this by joining forces to speed up the development of more advanced approaches to recycling in Australia.
LinkedIn Mark Venhoek , Chief Executive Officer, Australia & New Zealand