Ambition 2025: Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I
17 February 2022
Suntory Beverage and Food GB&I (SBF GB&I) is committed to work in harmony with people and nature and, through its sustainability framework, gives urgent focus to reducing waste in a way that protects the environment and benefits society.
Since partnering with FareShare in 2018 – a charity which helps redistribute surplus food and drink to frontline charities – SBF GB&I has donated more than 425 tonnes of its drinks that would otherwise go to waste, the equivalent of 2 million meals. This is in addition to the surplus drinks sent to food banks local to its manufacturing site in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire and offices in London and Dublin.
Daily stock management and a zero waste to landfill policy keep food waste from the soft drink maker’s factory to a bare minimum, and drinks with a short shelf life that can’t be donated are stocked in its canteen and discounted staff shop.
2020 presented its own challenges; with national lockdowns resulting in extra surplus that had been destined for gyms, cafes and sports clubs. Instead, SBF GB&I redirected these drinks – all 139,000 cases of them – to FareShare, the NHS and other frontline services.
Food waste is a blight in the planet and the people who occupy it, which is why SBF GB&I is working hard to deliver on its commitment to cut food waste in its operations by 50% by 2030.