Sourcing ingredients sustainably
The pet food industry uses high quantities of by-products – materials from animals which are inspected by vets as fit for human consumption, but which are either not used at all, or used sparingly, by the human food industry. Pet food manufacturers add value to these materials by using them in the production of pet food, thereby, reducing the impact on food waste, the availability of commodities and minimising the carbon footprint of producing foods specifically for use in pet food.
In 2016 the industry utilised approximately 600,000 tonnes of materials that were surplus to the requirements of the human food chain. As well as utilising the surplus from human food production, this also gives value to farmers who would otherwise have to dispose of high quality materials and helps reduce food cost inflation by providing an outlet for what would otherwise be costly disposal.
Low impact on food waste
Currently the industry has a low impact on food waste, with less than 1 of pet food thrown away by consumers compared to an average of 30% of all other food purchases.
Looking to the future
The pet food industry is proud of the steps it has already taken in reducing waste in the food chain and minimising its overall impact on the environment. As the squeeze on resources and food availability continues, we are committed to looking at further solutions to minimise the environmental impact and sustainable use of resources in the manufacturing of pet food.