Anthesis is recognised for excellence in both environmental and social sustainability performance management, and has taken a lead on the development of food waste metrics, change management programmes, monitoring and reporting. Our international client list includes many companies who are taking a proactive position in driving sustainability in the food supply chain, including those in the grocery retail, hospitality and catering, and food and drink manufacturing sectors.
The global Anthesis team includes internationally renowned food waste prevention experts who have advised Governments and policy-led organisations on the development of voluntary and legislative approaches to managing food more efficiently from production to consumption.
In 2016, Anthesis was instrumental in developing the global Food Loss and Waste (FLW) Accounting and Reporting Standard in collaboration with World Resources Institute (WRI) and other contributors; providing a common framework for measurement of FLW throughout the supply chain.
Anthesis is the first consultancy in the UK to have trained its staff with WRI and developed specialist knowledge in this area through its practical application. In the same year, Anthesis completed a comprehensive assessment of food surplus and food waste for the UK grocery sector supply chain and has recently updated figures used by the hospitality and food service sector.
Drivers for change in the food sector
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO, 2011), 32% of all food produced in the world is wasted, which equates to an annual loss of ~£17 billion.
International recognition of the scale of the food loss and waste challenge is building, and the European Union and Member States have committed to achieving The United Nations SDG Target 12.3.
This particular SDG aims to halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses by 2030. Other major organizations that have adopted targets that reflect SDG 12.3 include the Consumer Goods Forum, US EPA, and World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
About Anthesis Food Loss and Waste services
Anthesis has a unique understanding of the technicalities of the FLW standard and its application in the real world. The team can offer bespoke packages of support, which include: training programmes, capacity building within an organisation, food waste hotspot analysis, change management route map development, data analytics, monitoring and reporting.
Reducing food waste and adding value
Beyond the processes of quantifying food waste arisings and identifying hot spots, Anthesis has a range of complimentary services which support clients to take practical action to reduce FLW and add value to co-products and by-products. These include:
Cost benefit analysis – assessing the commercial case for investing in change.
Technology reviews – assessing the processes in production, packaging and on-site treatment which could reduce food waste arisings.
Pilot studies – implementing new policies and practices to deliver programmes of change management including examining the performance of systems, technologies and processes through the supply chain and retailer involvement.
Redistribution partnerships - supporting innovative partnerships to increase food consumption by the human supply chain and quantify impacts on food that would otherwise become a waste product.
Behaviour change and communications - engaging key stakeholders in the supply chain, including consumers, to deliver communications and behaviour change programmes which reduce food waste arisings.
Community management of suppliers using innovative software platforms to reduce food waste arisings in the supply chain
Sustainable chemistry – seeking out market opportunities for novel chemicals derived from food waste materials (valorization).
Assessments of technology to stimulate the Bioeconomy.