Mondelēz pushes for 'zero waste' in food industry
Dubai, February 24, 2014
Mondelēz International, the world’s biggest snacks food company, has highlighted the importance of eliminating wastage in the food industry.
Speaking at the ‘World Food Security Summit’ at ‘Gulfood 2014’ in Dubai this week, Vishal Tikku, vice president and area director Middle East at Mondelēz International, exchanged ideas and possible solutions with the wider industry on how to reduce food waste in agriculture and the manufacturing process, including through the adoption of carbon efficiency and sustainability measures.
Globally an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of produced food is wasted each year, a statement from the company said..
During the keynote session that focused on ‘Investments and Innovation’, Tikku placed a strong emphasis on the need for organisations to collaborate to shape and drive the food industry closer towards a zero-percent waste approach.
Tikku said: “More than 40 percent of the world’s food production is being wasted, and this is the single largest cause of losses in world biodiversity through deforestation, excessive freshwater consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions. When food is wasted it also means that all the resources used in the production of food are lost.
"Globally, resources are being consumed more quickly than they can be replenished. To reverse this, we need to do more with less. Whilst zero-percent waste may not be realistic, it is an important ambition which drives our business and could positively impact the wider food industry,” he said.
Tikku continued: “Today’s food that is not wasted can help meet tomorrow’s hunger. From a manufacturing and broader supply-chain perspective, we at Mondelēz International have transformed our supply-chain procedures across the global network by adopting the mindset and aspiration of ‘Zero Waste’. Our ambition of zero-percent waste applies to everything we are trying to do, both in the plant and within the broader supply chain.
"At Mondelēz International, waste is a term that can be applied to everything, including product, energy and logistics. We can reduce product waste by ensuring ingredients, materials and finished goods are not thrown out; we can reduce energy waste by optimizing output from the energy used; and we can reduce logistics waste by ensuring products reach consumers in the most efficient way possible,” he said. - TradeArabia News Service