Resource Food

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Resource Food's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Resource Food is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.resourcefood.co.uk

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Managing Director Ian Robb
The start of the reuse and
recycling journey
Resource Food specialises in maximising the reuse and
recycling potential of surplus packaged food products
in a way that is sustainable and cost-effective. For over
two decades Managing Director Ian Robb worked in waste
management, recycling and the secondary commodities markets.
Ian’s experience, combined with his desire for an innovative
alternative to mainstream food recycling services, resulted in
the launch of Resource Food in 2014. Now, five years on, he
tells
The Parliamentary Review
that the company has grown
to support some of the largest manufacturing and food retail
businesses in the UK to improve their recycling performance.
Through our innovative 360-degree approach, our customers are able to draw
more value from every element of their product, from the food to the packaging.
Packaging and surplus food can be recycled and reused, for instance, into either
an animal feed product or pet food ingredients. We take what is currently a
180-degree process and complete the cycle, closing the loop. What leaves the farm
for the supermarket shelves will return to the farm and, ultimately, the supermarket
shelves once again as either meat of dairy.
Part of this process involves taking surplus or out-of-date products from the
supermarket sector, removing packaging, and reusing the surplus food as high-
quality animal and pet food ingredients, in doing so creating a circular economy.
Our “closed loop” process is not only environmentally friendly and sustainable; it’s
also cost-effective and even a revenue-generating process, often transforming a
cost into a commodity for our customers.
FACTS ABOUT
RESOURCE FOOD
»Managing Director: Ian Robb
»Founded in 2014
»Based in Northamptonshire
»Services: Food recycling
solutions
»Fully certified to ISO 14001
Resource Food
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ENVIRONMENT, FOOD & RURAL AFFAIRS
Proven success
We are results oriented, providing
a fast, reliable service and pride
ourselves on a personal approach.
No matter how individual a
customers’ needs and objectives,
with our expertise and innovation,
we are without question able to
improve our customers’ surplus
food and packaging reuse and
recyclingperformance.
We are not satisfied with simply
improving our customers’ food
reuse, sustainability and recycling
performance; we also take an
enormous amount of pride in ensuring
that our animal feed product and pet
food ingredients are of the highest
quality and that our service is first-rate,
encouraging our feed customers to
return time and timeagain.
The need for an innovative
approach
As a company, we continue to go
from strength to strength and have
experienced strong and reliable
growth. But we are not complacent.
We have to keep ahead of a constant
and ever-changing landscape, as
public opinion and behaviours are
shiftingfast.
So, in an environment where resources
are becoming increasingly scarce, and
society ever more demanding in terms
of innovation in food waste reduction
and advancements in sustainability,
it is our mission to unlock the full
potential and value of all surplus
foodproducts.
We are listening carefully to the
questions being asked by our
customers and coming up with
Animal feed ingredients
We are
listening
carefully to the
questions
being asked by
our customers
and coming up
with innovative
ideas and
solutions to
transform
surplus food
products
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
28 | RESOURCE FOOD
Managing Director Ian Robb
The start of the reuse and
recycling journey
Resource Food specialises in maximising the reuse and
recycling potential of surplus packaged food products
in a way that is sustainable and cost-effective. For over
two decades Managing Director Ian Robb worked in waste
management, recycling and the secondary commodities markets.
Ian’s experience, combined with his desire for an innovative
alternative to mainstream food recycling services, resulted in
the launch of Resource Food in 2014. Now, five years on, he
tells
The Parliamentary Review
that the company has grown
to support some of the largest manufacturing and food retail
businesses in the UK to improve their recycling performance.
Through our innovative 360-degree approach, our customers are able to draw
more value from every element of their product, from the food to the packaging.
Packaging and surplus food can be recycled and reused, for instance, into either
an animal feed product or pet food ingredients. We take what is currently a
180-degree process and complete the cycle, closing the loop. What leaves the farm
for the supermarket shelves will return to the farm and, ultimately, the supermarket
shelves once again as either meat of dairy.
Part of this process involves taking surplus or out-of-date products from the
supermarket sector, removing packaging, and reusing the surplus food as high-
quality animal and pet food ingredients, in doing so creating a circular economy.
Our “closed loop” process is not only environmentally friendly and sustainable; it’s
also cost-effective and even a revenue-generating process, often transforming a
cost into a commodity for our customers.
FACTS ABOUT
RESOURCE FOOD
»Managing Director: Ian Robb
»Founded in 2014
»Based in Northamptonshire
»Services: Food recycling
solutions
»Fully certified to ISO 14001
Resource Food
29RESOURCE FOOD |
ENVIRONMENT, FOOD & RURAL AFFAIRS
Proven success
We are results oriented, providing
a fast, reliable service and pride
ourselves on a personal approach.
No matter how individual a
customers’ needs and objectives,
with our expertise and innovation,
we are without question able to
improve our customers’ surplus
food and packaging reuse and
recyclingperformance.
We are not satisfied with simply
improving our customers’ food
reuse, sustainability and recycling
performance; we also take an
enormous amount of pride in ensuring
that our animal feed product and pet
food ingredients are of the highest
quality and that our service is first-rate,
encouraging our feed customers to
return time and timeagain.
The need for an innovative
approach
As a company, we continue to go
from strength to strength and have
experienced strong and reliable
growth. But we are not complacent.
We have to keep ahead of a constant
and ever-changing landscape, as
public opinion and behaviours are
shiftingfast.
So, in an environment where resources
are becoming increasingly scarce, and
society ever more demanding in terms
of innovation in food waste reduction
and advancements in sustainability,
it is our mission to unlock the full
potential and value of all surplus
foodproducts.
We are listening carefully to the
questions being asked by our
customers and coming up with
Animal feed ingredients
We are
listening
carefully to the
questions
being asked by
our customers
and coming up
with innovative
ideas and
solutions to
transform
surplus food
products
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innovative ideas and solutions to
transform surplus food products into
“Re-Products” through innovation and
new market identification. Thismeans
mapping out our own territory. In
collaboration with our customers
we have to be innovative, with a
trailblazing approach to make a real
difference and drive change.
We are currently in discussions with
a number of food and beverage
manufacturers and retailers interested
in utilising a variety of our Re-Products
in the manufacturing of their given
food and drink products, with our
number one goal being to expand
opportunities to keep food as food.
Corporate social responsibility
As you would expect, the very nature
of the service we provide means that
corporate social responsibility is at the
heart of everything we do: the values
and principles that govern the way we
operate as a business, every policy that
guides us and every action we carryout.
Our staff, who all live within a five-mile
radius of our facility, are our greatest
asset. We take great care to foster a
culture in which they feel safe, valued
and motivated, and which promotes
individual learning and development
through structured training programmes
and development opportunities.
We are at the heart of our local
community, sponsoring the local football
team, and have been instrumental in
supporting the village primary school in
improving its recycling and sustainability.
Our goal for the future involves
positioning ourselves at the forefront
of the food recycling industry. We
have a desire to think differently, not
just to follow the same processes
and procedures but to make a real
difference. We often use the words
“innovate to sustain” and we are
passionate about achieving exactly that
for our customers.
This, we believe, makes us an attractive
option to food manufacturers and
retail businesses, particularly those who
are interested in further reducing their
environmental impact and looking for
innovative food recycling solutions.
We believe we
are an
attractive
option to food
manufacturers
and retail
businesses
Ian with Headteacher Ed
Newton of Woodford
Halse C of E Primary
Academy and the
school’s “Eco Warriors”

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This article was sponsored by Resource Food. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development