Food Loss and Waste

An estimated 1/3 of all food produced globally is lost or goes to waste, while millions in the world do not have enough to eat. At the same time, food loss and waste contribute to food shortage, water stress, biodiversity loss and increased greenhouse gas emissions.

As a food and beverage manufacturer, F&N wants to optimise our position to minimise food wastage throughout our entire value chain.

With that, we are committed to reducing global food loss/waste by:

  • Reducing food loss throughout our value chain, from sourcing, manufacturing and logistics
  • Reducing our production waste to landfill by 30% by 2025
  • Collaborating with our business partners to reduce food waste

Our framework for managing food loss and waste is guided by the Food and Drink Material Hierarchy from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. Together with upstream and downstream partners in our value chain, we will focus on Prevention, Optimisation, Recycling and Recovery initiatives to minimise food wastage along our value chain.

Raw Materials
  • We work closely with our suppliers to ensure our raw materials are of set standards and quality.
  • We track, measure and monitor any losses of our raw materials on monthly basis to reduce food loss.
Production Processes
  • To manage the food loss, we regularly track, measure and monitor any losses during our manufacturing processes.
  • From there, we improve our food loss management by identifying key categories and waste streams.
  • We strive to reduce the impacts from our operations, and this means complying with, and going beyond relevant regulations.
Collaboration with Partners
  • We team up with our both partners to constantly look for innovative initiatives / programmes to reduce food loss, or reuse food loss for alternative usage, for example transforming sludge into fertilisers for farmers.
Managing Food Surpluss
  • To manage the food surplus, we regularly track, measure and monitor any losses during retail processes.
  • We channel our surplus food to the organisations and community in need.

Various initiatives have been implemented towards this end, including:

  • Collaborating with partners to re-use food loss, for example transforming sludge into fertilisers
    In 2021, 100% of industrial sludge from production are converted into organic fertiliser and distributed to local farmers. Over 1,247 metric tonnes of industrial sludge from our waste water treatment plants were converted into fertiliser.
  • Channelling surplus food to charitable organisations and communities in need.
    Since 2019, we have established a partnership with Yayasan Food Bank Malaysia to support the Food Bank Siswa programme.