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Chilled Sector Outstrips Energy Targets

There are a number of ways in which the food and drink industry is focusing their efforts to create a more sustainable supply chain (see Cooling down energy use). Kaarin Goodburn MBE, Director of the Chilled Food Association (CFA) and Fellow of the IFST, describes what the CFA are doing and have done to reduce their environmental footprint.

The UK’s retail chilled prepared food market is currently worth £10bn, and growing at 6% pa. It’s a fast-moving, ever-changing sector, supplying the UK with 12,000 different foods of which 50% are reformulated or redeveloped within any year.

Yet in spite of rapid growth, and the increasing demands placed on suppliers, the sector is delivering energy reductions that outstrip Government targets - by massive margins.

During the first round of Climate Change Agreement the chilled food manufacturing sector invested heavily in energy efficiency, resulting in an energy reduction of 21.4% against an agreed Government target of 13.2%.

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