Monday, 7 November 2011

UK food and drink manufacturers reduce water use by 11.9%

Nearly a quarter of the UK's food and drink manufacturers have helped reduce water use in the sector by 11.9%, more than halfway towards a 2020 water reduction target of 20%, according to the latest report by the Federation House Commitment (FHC).

The FHC, which published its third annual report today (October 3), is a voluntary agreement set up in 2008 to help food and drink manufacturers improve their water efficiency, and is managed by WRAP and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

In the report it was revealed that signatories of the commitment, which include major brands such as Coca Cola, Nestle, Dairy Crest, Pepsi, Mars and Kraft Foods, reduced their water use by 1.3m cu m each year, compared with 2007, resulting in a reduction of 5.3%, while water use per tonne of product decreased by 11.9%.

The FHC figures show that in 2010 FHC signatories used 22.9m cu m water in the manufacture of food and drink, compared to 24.2m cu m in 2007.

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