As part of their focus on the safety of food waste and waste prevention in the food industry and following the announcement of their ‘engagement partnership’ with The Courtauld Commitment 2025, The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) has unveiled plans for an important conference on food waste.

Open to both members and non-members, confirmed speakers from across all sectors of the industry for the October conference already include WRAP, The Food Standards Agency, Tesco and BSI. The key note speech, being delivered by WRAP, will outline the scale of the food waste challenge, the risks, and highlight action that can be taken, along with the guidance and support available to food businesses.

Speakers will review often overlooked food safety aspects of food waste prevention, along with case studies of food waste prevention ‘in action’, from new product development, across the supply chain and into the home.

SOFHT’s event will also explore how food waste prevention can be embedded in industry good practice, including measuring waste and monitoring progress.

SOFHT agreed to become an engagement partner in The Courtauld Commitment, WRAP’s 10-year programme of action on waste prevention to support its members in making food production sustainable at every step in the supply chain.

The move came following interest from SOFHT members – food manufacturers, foodservice operators, retailers and food industry support businesses – in accessing the latest information on waste prevention. Partnering on Courtauld 2025 will enable SOFHT representatives to become involved in working groups and for members to easily access guidance and support relating to waste prevention from WRAP via the SOFHT website.

Ian Booth, Chair of The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology said:

“Waste prevention is one of the biggest issues currently facing the food industry. Whether this is consumer food waste or waste created throughout the supply chain, it is a serious concern for our members. We are delighted to be hosting this major waste conference to give added value insight into the scale of the issue and give delegates practical guidance to become more sustainable.”

SOFHT’s Conference on Waste Prevention takes place on 23 October at The National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull.

For further information or to book a place visit http://www.sofht.co.uk/events/sofht-food-waste-conference-2/