Food waste is a paramount global challenge with environmental, social and economic implications. We are throwing away food worth $ 940 billion per year (about the market value of Apple) while 1 in 9 people currently struggle with hunger. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) the COVID-19 pandemic aggravated weaknesses of global food systems: the levels of food waste in the supply chain have increased significantly. As a result of the steep rise in unemployment and associated income loss, the demand for food donations has increased. Food banks have been struggling to distribute donations due to movement restrictions and physical distancing requirements. METRO supports FAO’s call for action on September 29, 2020 and encourages governments, civil society, consumers and the private sector to look for innovative solutions and partnerships in the fight against food loss and waste.
Our responsibility movement
All actors in the food chain have a role to play in preventing and reducing food waste. From those who produce and process foods (farmers, food manufacturers and processors) to those who make foods available for consumption (hospitality sector, retailers) and finally consumers themselves. As a matter of fact, the biggest food wasters are consumers, which is where the biggest paradigm change needs to happen. METRO, as a food wholesale company, recognizes its distinct responsibility and obligation to be part of the solution to reduce and prevent food waste and loss, from farm to fork. “Wasting food means wasting valuable resources. METRO therefore joins forces against wasting food and unites with our customers in our obligation to protect resources as they are our core business. We support our customers to use solutions that save resources and costs and do well at the same time” says Olaf Koch, CEO METRO AG.