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Unilever is supporting Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production


Seven out of every ten households around the world use at least one Unilever product. With a range of more than 400 brands, Unilever holds a unique place in the lives of people across the world. They are committed to reducing food waste across the globe; their secret sauce – mayonnaise.

Hellmann’s® Feeds a Stadium Food Waste – Real Food Rescue from Hellmann’s Canada.

What a waste

There is more than enough food produced in the world to feed everyone, yet 821 million people go to bed hungry every night. In fact, the UK discards over 4 million tonnes of good food each year – which equates to just over 80 million wheelie bins worth. Unilever believes its time for this to change.

Secret sauce

Once, the leftover liquid from an open can of chickpeas was simply wasted. Not any more. The gloopy liquid called ‘aquafaba’ is the ‘secret sauce’ in Unilever’s condiment firm, Sir Kensington’s, vegan mayonnaise. The liquid can be whipped into white peaks in the same way as egg whites, and has seen it put to use to provide the great texture of Sir Kensington’s vegan alternative to mayonnaise – Fabanaise. Due to the company’s initial partnership with food firm Ithaca Hummus, tens of thousands of pounds of aquafaba has been saved from the drain and it is now a key ingredient in this loved product.

Enough to feed a stadium

Every minute, enough food is wasted in Canada to feed a stadium. So Unilever brand Hellmann’s rescued food from local suppliers and turned it into delicious meals that were fed to an entire stadium free of charge. In a big screen reveal, the audience was made aware that the food they enjoyed was rescued. They then learnt that Hellmann’s is partnering with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and will collect the leftover food from stadium events and redistribute it to those in need, pledging to donate 50,000 meals.

This story shows how Unilever supports Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, specifically Target 12.3: “By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.”

About Unilever

Founded in 1930, Unilever is a British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company that owns over 400 different brands. Seven out of every ten households around the world use at least one Unilever product. Its range of world-leading, household-name brands include Vaseline, Dove, PG Tips, Hellmann’s, and Magnum.

Learn more about Unilever.

How can mayo reduce food waste?
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