The supply chain must ensure that no excess food waste is created as a result of the second lockdown, warn some in the industry.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on the weekend that England would be entering another month-long lockdown on Thursday to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Jason Webb, director at Electronic Temperature Instruments (ETI), a digital thermometer manufacturer,
told Facilitate: “Covid-19 has brought the subject of food waste up the agenda. Despite being faced with a potential food waste catastrophe, the industry has learned to adapt and adapt quickly. Just last week a food waste report from the World Resources Institute (WRI) hailed the UK as an “international exemplar” in fighting food waste which is currently ahead of the UN target (Sustainable Development Goal 12.3) of halving food waste by 2030. This is something the entire supply chain should be proud of.
"Catering companies and households alike are becoming smarter with their food, both from a storage and cooking point of view. We must keep this momentum going to meet food waste targets and ensure any food served via delivery is both safe and of a high quality."
Webb, whose company produces digital and infrared thermometers for the food and drink and hospitality industry, said the sector can be more prepared for this lockdown than the last one.
He said: "Delivery orders will undoubtedly rise again. This will demonstrate the challenges of keeping refrigeration temperatures steady during transit and highlight the vital role that Wi-Fi data loggers play in the process. The rigmarole of transporting food produce over long distances, sometimes overnight, can lead to perishable goods degrading quickly if they are not stored at the right temperatures."