Food loss and waste refers to food that can still be eaten but is thrown away. It is said that there are food loss and waste with 1,300 million tons each year globally (Note 1). And while Japan has a low food self-sufficiency rate at around 37% and depends largely on imports for its food (Note 2), more than 6.12 million tons thrown away each year (Note 3). On the other hand, the problem of hunger also continues to exist in the world. There are thought to be about 800 million people without access to adequate nutrition (Note 4).
The Nissui Group, as part of its corporate responsibility of a company handling food, has designated food loss as one of its key issues. Mainly through the Food Loss and Waste Subcommittee, we are addressing this issue throughout the supply chain, including raising the awareness of its employees and activities involving the general public, as well as reducing loss in the conventional stages of production, distribution and consumption.
(Note 1): FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) "Global Food Losses and Food Waste" (2011)
(Note 2): Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, "FY2018 food supply and demand table (final report) (2020)
(Note 3): Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries,Ministry of the Environment, "FY2017 estimate"
(Note 4): FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) "The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019" (2019)
* Food bank: A group which brings together food products with no quality problems but are unsuitable for sale, and people who can’t obtain enough food.
In Japan, the Act on Promoting Food Loss and Waste Reduction (Food Loss and Waste Act) was promulgated in May 2019 (enacted in October 2019). We are making more proactive efforts than ever before to contribute to the SDGs target of halving global food waste by 2030 mentioned in the above Act, as well as to seriously address our obligations as a business operator under the law.
The Food Loss and Waste Subcommittee, chaired by the Executive Officer, is engaged in initiatives to reduce food loss and waste in the businesses across the Group companies in Japan and to raise the awareness of the employees.
The Nissui Group’s vision for 2030 is to have initiatives in place to reduce food loss and waste throughout the entire supply chain, and we have begun working toward this goal. We also set a target for reduction of waste from animal and plant residues (excluding inedible parts of fish, vegetable cores, outer leaves, and similar wastes arising in the production process) .
Medium- to long-term food loss and waste reduction targets (Compared to fiscal 2017)
(to fiscal 2023)
(to fiscal 2030)
|Results of progress in fiscal 2021|
|Initiatives to reduce food loss and waste||Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. and its group companies in Japan (including 5 unconsolidated affiliate companies in Japan)||Reduction of 6% (Per unit)||Reduction of 24.5% (Per unit)||Reduction of 10% (Per unit)|
Nissui is going forward with initiatives to change the labeling of best-before periods in an effort to reduce food loss and waste. All tinned food products excluding private-brand items manufactured on and after July 1, 2019 are labeled with best-before periods expressed in year/month (labeling format has changed from the conventional year/month/day to year/month.) In this labeling process, storage tests were carried out to check how long quality can be maintained, and it was confirmed that the best-before periods could be extended. As a result of these efforts, we can expect more efficient distribution as well as the reduction of food loss and waste on the entire supply chain.
"Osakana sausage (fish sausage)" and "Komiyaki (surimi products)" have been extended the best-before periods as shown in the table below. The Nissui Group has also made efforts to significantly extend the best-before periods of other products including frozen prepared foods for retail and commercial uses, bottled foods, and pre-packed foods.
Products with extended best-before periods
|Product Name||Production Switching Date||Best-before Periods||Number of Days of Extension|
|Osakana sausage (fish sausage)||February 15, 2021||120days||150days||30days|
|Komiyaki (surimi products)||February 7, 2022||45days||60days||15days|
Since fiscal 2008, Nissui has been donating frozen food to Second Harvest Japan, a NPO that provides food to people in need. Second Harvest Japan plays the role of a food bank for people who cannot get enough food, providing them with foods that have no quality problems but cannot be sold due to being sub selling standards. Going forward, Nissui will continue these activities that lead to providing support to orphanages and mother and child living support facilities, while at the same time reducing the discarding of still-edible food.
|Name of business location||Donation destination||Donation content||Date of donation|
|Fine Chemicals General Plant Tsukuba Plant||Food Drive Campaign in Tsukuba||・Food brought by employees (installation of Kizuna BOX in the cafeteria)
3kg in Total
|October 15 - 27, 2021|
Fine Chemicals General Plant Tsukuba Plant
Fine Chemicals General Plant Tsukuba Plant
The Nissui Group company, F.W. Bryce, Inc., donated several hundred pounds of Salmon, Cod and Haddock to the local food pantry which was then give out to local community. They donated 3 different times throughout the year.
In conjunction with the participation of AEON Co., Ltd. in the "10x20x30" Food Loss and Waste Initiative advocated by the World Resources Institute (WRI) in December 2019, Nissui joined the "Japan project" led by AEON as one of the partner corporations.In this project, the specifics of the initiatives will be determined in consideration of the company's issues by using examples of spearheading initiatives outside of Japan and other cases as reference, based on the "Target-Measure-Act" approach to initiatives put forth by WRI. Through such initiative, Nissui will further promote the reduction of food loss and waste in the supply chain as a whole.
Flatfish Ltd. (UK), which is one of the Nissui Group companies outside of Japan, pledged our support to WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) in 2021. WRAP is an initiative founded in the UK in 2000 which provides tools and guidance for reducing food waste as one of its efforts. Flatfish started measuring food waste in 2021 and has set a goal of reducing it by 50% by 2030.