FDF's Ambition: Progress report 2020

24 February 2021

The year of 2020 has been a challenging period for the food and drink sector, with the pressures of EU-exit and the Covid-19 pandemic. However, as talk of a green recovery continues, the FDF and our members remain committed to the sustainability agenda and delivering environmental improvements across all areas of our Ambition. So much so, we have met and exceeded the CO2 reduction target five years ahead of schedule and this has resulted in us upgrading the commitment in our Mid-Term review report.

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Ambition case studies

Tate & Lyle case study: Sustainable supply chains

Tate & Lyle, a significant processor of corn, has developed a pioneering sustainable agriculture programme which connects farmers with cutting-edge technology so they can protect natural resources for the benefit of future generations, while securing a sustainable future for their farms.

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Macphie case study: Packaging

Macphie is reducing the amount of plastic used to package one of its core ranges by moving to primarily plant-based packaging. Working in partnership with Tetra Pak, the food manufacturer is packing its read-to-use dessert and sauce ranges into cartons made up of over 80% less plastic than the standard carton.

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Weetabix case study: Packaging

Minimising the impact of packaging on the environment has been a long-standing focus for Weetabix, with an emphasis on plastics.

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Taylors of Harrogate case study: Carbon Emissions

Taylors of Harrogate, the home of Yorkshire Tea and Taylors Coffee has achieved CarbonNeutral certification across all of its products, and in 2020 the company was certified as a CarbonNeutral company, covering all operations.

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Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I case study: Packaging

In a major step towards its 100% sustainable packaging by 2030 and net zero ambition, Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I has unveiled a major design transformation for one of its best-selling drinks that will drive circularity and minimise waste.

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Princes Limited case study: Packaging

The primary function of the packaging Princes use is to ensure the safety and quality of their products for consumers; however the environmental impact is equally important.

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pladis case study: Food Waste

pladis has developed a relentless focus on cutting waste within its bakeries, engaging its nearly 4,000 expert bakers in coming up with solutions large and small that have all contributed to slashing waste by 13,000 tonnes and saving over 3,000 tonnes of CO2.

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Little Freddie case study: Packaging

Little Freddie has established a simple and convenient pouch recycling return scheme for its consumers.

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Britvic case study: Packaging

Britvic has a long-term commitment to increase the amount of recycled plastic it uses. By investing £5 million in the UK’s recycling infrastructure, it can guarantee the quality and quantity of recycled plastic it needs without compromising on its carbon reduction commitments.

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Ferrero case study: Sustainable Supply Chains

Ferrero is leading the way to overcome the misconceptions around palm oil and improving the standards across the industry.

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