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SFDF Shortlisted for Interface Collaboration Award

11 November 2014

SFDF Shortlisted for Interface Collaboration Award

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A Scottish Industry Advisory Group (IAG) which is committed to making the best use of our diminishing resources and reduce waste has been shortlisted for a major Scottish award.

This group set up in partnership between the Scottish Food and Drink Federation1 (SFDF), Zero Waste Scotland's Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) Programme and Interface Food Drink is shortlisted to scoop the Multi Party Collaboration award at the Interface Excellence Awards 2014.

The IAG acts as a forum to identify and prioritise the most pressing sustainability issues. There are over 20 members on the group who volunteer to undertake projects, creating examples of best practice and then disseminate these case studies to the entire industry to ensure the maximum possible impact.

An example of how this work has been rolled out was the collaboration between a number of businesses to tackle the need to reduce waste. Gordon and MacPhail, Mackies, Macphie of Glenbervie and Dean's of Huntly took part in a joint trial to recycle plastics marginally contaminated with food residues, which would normally go to landfill.

The result was a reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill which in turn has reduced their company waste disposal costs.2

The IAG work builds upon the Food and Drink Federation (FDF)'s Five-fold Environmental Ambition to deliver quantifiable improvements in resource efficiency at the manufacturing stage including reductions in carbon emissions, water, food and packaging waste and transport.

Mary Lawton, SFDF's Policy and Industry Liaison Manager, said: “We are excited to be shortlisted for this award which recognises the collaborative approach being taken between SFDF, RES, and Interface Food Drink and is a tribute to the hard work and willingness of the food and drink companies on the group to work in this way on resource efficiency.“

Notes for editors

  1. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector.
  2. This case study is featured in FDF's Five-fold Environmental Ambition: Progress Report 2013.

For More information, please contact:

SFDF Kirsty Ritchie on 0131 222 8040

FDF Fleur Williamson on 020 7420 7120

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