Costa Coffee has followed the lead of several major UK chains by signing up to the government’s pledge to reduce food waste by 2030.
The chain announced on Thursday that it had attended the Step Up To The Plate symposium, which was hosted last month by Ben Elliot, the government’s Food Surplus and Waste Champion, and had thereafter decided to sign up to the pledge.
The company’s head of sustainability, Victoria Moorhouse, claimed that the chain was committed to taking every possible opportunity to reduce waste.
She said: “We have a number of initiatives to ensure there is minimal food waste, which includes, first and foremost, an efficient ordering system designed to reduce waste before it is created.
“We also allow food sold during the last hour of trading that is in date but cannot be sold the following day to be discounted by 50% and empower our stores to make food donations to local charities via our Food Surplus Policy.
“Finally, for those stores whose waste streams we manage, any food waste that cannot be redistributed we send to Anaerobic Digestion, where it is turned into biogas and bio fertiliser.”
Moorhouse concluded that Costa was “delighted” to be working alongside the government in the initiative.
The pledge aims to halve the amount of food waste in the country in just over a decade – with the current figure standing at £20bn worth of waste every year.
So far, more than 100 business and organisation have signed up to the pledge.