Food waste is an issue that affects all aspects of society in Ireland, from farm to fork – producers, growers, retail, hospitality, consumers and those who experience food poverty.
Through preventing food waste, and becoming more efficient in using what we have, Ireland can reduce the environmental impacts associated with food waste, improve the financial position of businesses and householders alike, and help those who struggle on a daily basis to put food on the table.
Retailers play an influential role in the supply chain.
Providing a key linkage between producers and consumers, retailers are uniquely placed to share insights into the nature of the market for food in Ireland.
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment has invited leading retailers to come together to take action against food waste. Individually and collectively, retailers will be asked to agree changes in policy and practice that are impactful, measurable and lasting.
The Minister acknowledges and appreciates the co-operation of the participating retailers and looks forward to a respectful and productive collaboration that deliver real change in food waste prevention in Ireland.
The priority tasks of the group will be to:
- agree and implement a transparent system of measuring wasted food
- sign the Food Waste Charter and implement specific food waste prevention measures.
Terms of Reference for the Retail Sector Action Group