About one third of all food produced in the world ends up as food waste, every year. The impact of food waste on the climate, waters, land and biodiversity is enormous: if food waste was a country, it would be the third biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the world.
We at Fazer see food as a solution. Since food waste has a significant impact on the climate and the environment, cutting down on food waste in all our operations – in all stages of production – is important to us. We want to carry our responsibility, and to do good for the planet and the people around us. As one of the major food companies in the Nordic countries we believe that our actions can really make a difference.
Food waste is also costly. By reducing food waste we can reduce food’s impact on the climate, but also cut down the costs of producing food, which benefits not only producers, but also consumers.
Food waste is created along the way from the field to the table - we need to pay attention to the entire production chain
Food waste is created in all phases of food production – which means that we can also reduce food waste in various ways and several phases. By paying attention to the entire production chain – all the way from raw materials to dinner plates – we can achieve several minor and major changes. And these small streams will soon become thousands of kilos of rescued food.
In order to carry out these changes we need knowledge and deep understanding of where and why food waste is created. When we understand what exactly causes food waste and where, we can also plan and implement efficient actions that yield the best possible results.
The change does not happen in an instance – it takes time and it requires effort. But we have already started the work: We have compiled plans to reduce food waste – and waste in general - in our factories, mills and bakeries, and in addition to cutting down on waste, these plans can be used to utilize production sidestreams more efficiently in, for example, circular economy.
We have also trained our entire staff so that everyone knows how to help reduce food waste in their own roles.
The direction is right: In 2019, 98% of the waste of our production facilities was already recycled.
There are no national or European definitions, guidelines or numeric targets for food waste reduction yet, but the Finnish authorities are preparing national guidelines, which are expected to be completed in 2020. We at Fazer follow the activities and plans of the authorities closely and keep a keen eye on the development of new methods and tools for measuring, reporting and reducing food waste.
Food waste is our common business – and we can all make a difference
EU member states have committed to reduce the food waste created in grocery stores and consumers’ kitchens by half by 2030, and to reduce food waste in all phases of food production and supply chains.
We at Fazer are committed to doing our share to help reach this target. We promise to reduce our food waste by half by 2030.
But we can all help reduce food waste in our own lives, too. Every day we make small choices that have an impact on how much food ends up as waste. By paying attention to these choices we can together create a big change that has an enormous impact on the climate and the environment.
Every little action counts. Step by step, one meaningful moment at a time, we can make tomorrow a little better.