Ülker takes a major step in the fight against food waste

Leader of the food industry Ülker joined the “10x20x30” initiative launched to prevent food waste globally and adopted by Migros and its stakeholders in Turkey.

Ülker, the leader of the food industry, will support the “10x20x30” initiative launched by the World Resources Initiative (WRI) to halve global food loss and waste by 2030.

Ülker volunteered to take part in the project that supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of halving food losses and wastes by 2030. During the project, Ülker will cooperate with its business partner Migros to reduce food loss and waste.

THE GOAL IS ZERO LOSS

Reminding that Ülker adopts the “wasteless company” model, CEO Mete Buyurgan said: “Benefitting from continuous improvement methods recognized globally, we work to achieve the goal of ‘zero loss’. Thanks to our operational excellence approach, we handle our supply chain end-to-end and reduce losses within our continuous improvement cycle. With our wasteless production culture, we manufacture products with the aimed quality right from the beginning and work to prevent losses at the source. With our zero loss practices, we recycled 91 percent of our total wastes in 2019. After years of employing the wasteless company model, we totally internalized this culture and we now transform 98.9 percent of the raw materials we purchase into finished products. In the food industry, this rate is among the best globally. The journey towards zero loss never ends and we will always try to raise the bar. We have also accelerated our supplier development program. We will continue to support our suppliers in preventing losses at the source by continuous improvement of their processes.”

REDUCING FOOD WASTE IS A MAJOR ITEM ON OUR AGENDA

Underlining that one third of the food produced for people’s consumption goes to waste every year according to UN FAO data, Mr. Buyurgan added: “In the light of such data, reducing food waste is a major item on our agenda. As Ülker, we have been implementing important projects to prevent food waste for many years. By supporting the 10x20x30 initiative, we believe we have taken another major step in accordance with our sustainability vision. We hope this cooperation will serve as a model for preventing food loss in Turkey.”