Food and Drink Waste Challenge Network Update
Author: Amanda Goodwin
We recently convened the second meeting of Tevi’s Food and Drink Waste Challenge Network with 40 people from across 30+ organisations attending the workshop to discuss how to tackle commercial food waste and its environmental and social impacts in CIoS.
The aim of this Challenge Network is to support existing enterprises to become more aware of the environmental, economic and social impacts of food waste while bringing to market new solutions that can reduce waste from everyday food and drink products.
During the workshop, attendees enjoyed two insightful presentations; Dave Cook and Selomon Goitom of See Food shared how their new tech solution will enable consumers to reduce food waste in the home. Brian Honey-Morgan then detailed how The Hive, a Cornish charity reprocessing and distributing near-to-end-of-life retailer produce, is looking to eradicate child food poverty across the county.
Tackling the challenge of food waste is vitally important. If food waste was a country it would be the third biggest GHG emitter behind China and the USA. We know that an astonishing 10 million tonnes of food and drink is wasted in the UK each year, yet in Cornwall 1 in 4 children are still going hungry.
However, the food and drink waste challenge is as complex as it is sizeable. There is no single ‘silver bullet’ solution. Indeed, from the conversations we’ve had during our two challenge network workshops on this topic, it’s clear that there are many ideas and proposals out there that Tevi could help bring to life.
Therefore, in order to progress these ideas, this Tevi Challenge Network will now progress into one-to-one meetings with each organisation interested in working towards a solution. This opportunity could see your idea benefitting from support from University of Exeter Business School as well as the Tevi Grant Fund. If this is something that interests you, please email Amanda at [email protected].
We’re thrilled with the enthusiasm for this topic and we look forward to continuing to work with all involved. Future workshops and meetings on this topic will be published on our events page here. If you have any questions or comments about the event please contact Amanda ([email protected]) who manages the Tevi Challenge Networks.