Food Waste Champion appointed

The Government has appointed Ben Elliot as its first Food Surplus and Waste Champion to promote awareness of the issue of food waste.

Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has made the appointment as a part of the recently-published Resources and Waste Strategy, with food waste in the UK currently estimated at 10.2 million tonnes per year the task is to eliminate food waste to landfill by 2030.

Ben Elliot is the co-founder of lifestyle group Quintessentially and chair of the Quintessentially Foundation, the business’s philanthropic arm, that has recently partnered with the Felix Project, the charity combatting the issue of food waste and food poverty in London. Elliot is tasked with working with businesses, Government, Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and other stakeholders from across retail, food manufacture, hospitality and food services, motivating businesses to tackle food waste from farm to fork.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “Food waste is an economic, environmental and moral scandal. We must end it. That’s why I am delighted Ben Elliot is taking up this position and know he will bring the enthusiasm and skills this important role needs. His first task will be to help ensure our £15m food waste fund redistributes surplus food that would otherwise be wasted to those most in need.”

The creation of an official champion follows a £15 million pilot scheme to substantially reduce food waste from retailers and food manufacturers announced in October this year, and the £500,000 Food Waste Reduction Fund announced last year. Elliot will be appointed in the unpaid, voluntary role for one year.

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