• Gulfood 2017: F&B Manufacturing Business Group Moves to Implement FLW Protocol, Address UAE’s $4 Billion Food Waste
Gulfood 2017: F&B Manufacturing Business Group Moves to Implement FLW Protocol, Address UAE’s $4 Billion Food Waste

The Food and Beverage Manufacturing Business Group (FBMG) is releasing an initiative to begin applying the FLW Procedure in the UAE to reduce waste in food, the Group announced on the sidelines of Gulfood 2017. The food conserved via this method will certainly go towards enhanced donations to the UAE Food Bank.

The effort saw FBMG accept the Food Bank, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Dubai District, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and all food produces in the UAE who have actually pledged to collaborate with the Group on this initiative, complying with instructions from the country's leading leaders. It includes the creation of a food information platform - a tool to analyse offered data to formulate remedies to decrease waste.

The Food Loss and Waste Audit and Coverage Standard (or FLW Standard) is a global requirement that supplies needs and guidance for measuring and reporting on the weight of food and/or linked not fit to eat parts gotten rid of from the food supply chain - typically referred to as "food loss and waste" (FLW). Making use of the common makes it possible for nations, cities, companies, and other entities to create stocks of how much FLW is created and where it goes.

As it stands, the UAE is squandering $4 billion well worth of food every year. With the F&B production market in the UAE slated to grow from $11.3 billion in 2015 to $13.2 billion in 2018 - and with Dubai readied to end up being the resources of the Halal food economic situation - the FBMG is mobilising to attend to and include food waste, boosting food contributions and reducing food prices at the same time.

The initiative to reduce the waste comes under the initiatives to observe the Year of Providing campaign introduced by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. In tandem, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, released the UAE Food Bank in January 2017 to decrease food wastage in the UAE.

Saleh Abdullah Lootah, Chairman of the Food and Beverage Production Business Group, said: "Food loss and waste is a serious concern for us and a key area for enhancement. Maintaining count of the losses will certainly assist us reduce them. The Group is working to educate makers and supply-chain choice makers on the concern in the hopes to assist them place a system in place to suppress the sensation. This - in addition to the food information platform - is likely to produce new opportunities for boosted revenue for the manufactures, reduce food wastage, and supply support to CSR tasks such as the UAE Food Bank. Furthermore, the effort sustains sustainability objectives by minimizing waste."

Meanwhile, Dr Iyad Abumoghli, Director and Regional Agent of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in West Asia, stated: "By executing the FLW Protocol - along with releasing the UAE Food Bank - the UAE is joining the global grip on minimizing food wastefulness as part of its sustainable usage approach. This, then, drops in line with the United Nations' current trajectory, which is working to harmonise and boost worldwide initiatives to confront the challenges that are encountering our environment, and to reduce poverty and cravings worldwide."

Established under the auspices of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Food & Beverage Manufacturing Business Group (FBMG) seeks to develop a platform for F&B suppliers to fix industry-related difficulties and take the market in the UAE to higher heights. Membership is open to any type of business operating in the food & drink production industry in the nation.




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