U.K. companies commit to reducing water use

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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LONDON — Twenty-one food and drink manufacturers in the United Kingdom have agreed to improve water efficiency and reduce water use. The agreement — known as the Federation House Commitment — is expected to save 140 million liters of water per day and have a combined savings of around €60 million ($89 million) per year on water bills.

The Food and Drink Federation and Envirowise, resource efficiency experts, helped facilitate the commitment. The companies agreeing to the commitment include Apetito, Birds Eye Iglo, Britvic, Cadbury Schweppes, Coca-Cola Enterprises, GlaxoSmithKline, Kellogg Marketing & Sales Co., Kraft Foods U.K., Mars Snackfood, Muller Dairy, Nestle U.K., PepsiCo U.K., Premier Foods, Tate & Lyle, UIN Foods, Unilever U.K., Uniq, United Biscuits, Warburtons, Weetabix and Young’s Seafood.

"Last October F.D.F. chose to be bold about the environment by targeting priorities where we can make the biggest difference through collective action," said Callton Young OBE, director of sustainability and competitiveness for F.D.F. "Today’s signing of the Federation House Commitment by many of our largest member companies is an important demonstration of this commitment and their desire to reduce environmental impacts of our sector through the widespread adoption of water efficiency best practice. The leadership that they are bringing to bear on this important issue is to be applauded."

The commitment will help F.D.F. members achieve water reduction goals and will be essential to achieving an industry-wide target of reducing water, excluding what is embedded in products themselves, by 20% by 2020 compared with 2007.

The companies signing the commitment will work with Envirowise to review current water use and develop action plans to reduce water use and costs. The companies also will report annually on water and cost savings made on site.

"As with health and well being, we’re committed to being in the leading pack for driving change within the industry," said Greg Peterson, managing director of Kellogg U.K. "Kellogg’s has been using recycled card for our packaging since Corn Flakes first started over 100 years ago. Using resources efficiently is a business imperative and will lead to commercial success as consumers demand this from manufacturers."

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