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Retail Survey 2019

Type of document: Best practices, case studies

In 2019, WRAP undertook a survey of own-brand and branded food products sold by UK food retailers to assess their adoption of good practice that helps people waste less food in the home – identifying progress relative to previous surveys conducted in 2009, 2011 and 2015.

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The report indicates to what extent the UK’s largest grocery retailers and major brands have made progress implementing best-practice guidance on date labels, product life, pack size and storage/freezing advice. WRAP visited nearly sixty supermarkets and examined 2,000 food products – representing those most frequently wasted in our homes. The research found that a quarter of all pre-packed unprepared fresh produce now carries no date label, while the available shelf life of other products, such as milk, has increased. For the first time, each retailer has received a detailed assessment of its own performance, including where improvements are required, which is summarised in the Retail Survey.