Nestlé has today helped launch a new initiative to prevent food loss and waste in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The #SinDesperdicio (‘without waste’) platform will be led by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with partners from the private, public and civil society sectors. A number of companies from the food and technology sectors are participating, including Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, Femsa Foundation, Grupo Bimbo, IBM and Oxxo.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, more than 127 million tons of food are lost and wasted annually, or around 223 kilograms per person per year. This phenomenon takes place in a region where close to 42 million people suffer from acute undernutrition.
The platform will promote four areas of work: innovative projects, national and local public policies, knowledge generation and responsible consumption habits.
Laurent Freixe, CEO of Zone Americas at Nestlé, said: “We are a part of #SinDesperdicio because we recognise that no one can solve the problem of food waste alone. We have to work together to turn the tide for people and the planet. Nestlé is doing its part, including aiming for zero waste for disposal at all our sites by 2020, and fighting food waste together with our suppliers and consumers.”
Read the press release from the IDB
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