Food Waste


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At Dunbia, we are committed to reducing food waste across the business. We are always looking to increase the value from the different parts of the livestock we process. 

Certain parts of the livestock we take in are specified risk material and by regulation must not go into the food supply chain. This SRM is processed in Category 1 rendering facilities and subsequently used in energy production. Other parts of the animal are sent to rendering to Category 3 rendering facilities to produce pet food, oleochemicals, fuel and fertilizer with stomach contents (partially digested grass) returned to the land as organic fertilizer or sent for anaerobic digestion to produce energy and compost.


Dunbia is proud to be a signatory to the Courtault Commitment 2025 which is a voluntary agreement bringing together organisations across the food system to make food & drink production and consumption more sustainable. At its heart is a ten-year commitment to identify priorities, develop solutions and implement changes to cut the carbon and waste associated with food & drink by at least one-fifth in 10 years, and to reduce water stress.



Dunbia are a member of WRAP’s Meat in a Net Zero World which is a cross-industry vision to optimise productivity and minimise waste from farm to fork. Our aim is to make the UK meat industry the world leader in efficient and sustainable meat production and supply. We are influencing and delivering whole chain improvements, such as:

  • Helping to improve productivity and reduce GHG emissions when rearing animals, while maintaining world leading animal welfare standards. 
  • Protecting the World’s forests by sourcing soya for animal feed that avoids deforestation. 
  • Reducing meat waste, GHG emissions and water impacts in the supply chain. 
  • Helping to halve the amount of meat thrown away at home. 
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a collective commitment to action


Along with the UK’s largest retailers, food producers, manufacturers, and hospitality and food service companies, we have committed to milestones laid out in the Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, developed by IGD and WRAP to tackle food waste in the UK. 

In the UK, achieving the Courtauld Commitment 2025 food waste target would cut food waste by 40% by 2025 , a key milestone on the trajectory to hit the SDG 12.3 target of a 50% reduction by 2030. Action by individual businesses to ‘Target, Measure and Act’ on food waste, and to help suppliers and consumers reduce their food waste, is critical to success. 

Key benefits:
  • Allows businesses to measure and report consistently, and with confidence;
  • Helps food businesses take targeted action to reduce waste in their own operations, their supply chain and from consumers;
  • Helps the food sector deliver against the Courtauld Commitment 2025 targets; and
  • Helps the UK play its part in delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 12.3.

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Working across key areas such as supply chain, animal welfare, and sustainable agriculture, you will get involved in all aspects of the agriculture and research and development areas within the business.


This varied role will provide you with an opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the Environmental department and participate in continuous improvement projects within a fast-paced food manufacturing environment.

Human Resources

As your skills and knowledge develop over time, you will get involved in all aspects of HR within a fast-paced food manufacturing environment and your responsibility will increase.

Retail National Account Management

This exciting role will see you gain a wide range of business experience skills, providing support to major UK retail supermarket customer accounts. 

Operations & Commercial

Work in a fast-paced food manufacturing environment gaining a hands-on experience across all aspects of operations, production and commercial with a focus on continuous improvement. 

New Product Development

You will be involved in supporting and managing the NPD process to ensure new and re-developed products are launched successfully. 

Livestock procurement

An exciting opportunity to learn about all areas of livestock procurement within the business, gaining a full understanding of production and operations.

Food Safety & Quality

A hands-on opportunity to understand and impact on food safety, quality and animal welfare across a fast-paced food manufacturing environment. Ensuring legislative compliance, customer excellence and continuous improvement.

Mechanical Engineering

As an engineering graduate you will be hands on and, on the go, working in a fast paced, busy environment overseeing electrical, mechanical and automation projects in a food manufacturing business.

Accounting & Finance

Gain a robust understanding in all aspects of the Finance Function with support at every step of the way to attain the professional qualifications needed to become a finance leader of the future.