Get our best content directly in your inbox
Sign up
Podcast / The Big Issues
Podcast / The Big Issues

The £3.2bn food waste challenge facing the food industry

Each year, food waste costs the industry £3.2 billion.

That’s according to WRAP, which found that 1.1 million tonnes of it comes from food services and hospitality.

But businesses are often unsure of how to tackle the issue, so the cycle of waste continues.

In 2019, WRAP launched Guardians of Grub, a campaign that aims to empower professionals from across the hospitality and food service sector to take action.

Through providing support and resources, the campaign aims to equip them with the proper skills needed to address their food waste problems once and for all.

Attend our Sustainability events in April

So how is the campaign going? Is it assisting the sector in making the necessary changes? And how much of a dent will this make to the food industry’s waste problem?

Eleanor Morris, Special Advisor Hospitality and Food Service, WRAP

Eleanor is responsible for delivering WRAP’s hospitality and food service UK campaign for the sector, Guardians of Grub for the Courtauld Commitment 2030, encouraging sites to Target Measure and Act on reducing wasted food.

Guardians of Grub includes tools and learning to develop skills and implement changes at site to improve financial and environmental performance; critical to achieve the UK’s journey to Net Zero. Find out more by emailing or visiting

Share this episode: