[30 October/New Zealand Herald]

New research commissioned by a division of RaboBank New Zealand has revealed New Zealanders waste an astounding $1.8 billion on food every year. This equals an eighth of what they buy each week. The survey identified that 94 percent of New Zealanders waste food. They also identified food going off before consumption as the leading contributor to waste (55 percent). Millennials were identified as the worst waste food offenders, while Baby Boomers wasted the least. Rabobank New Zealand Chief Executive Daryl Johnson said that Kiwis were not aware how much food they were wasting. Rabobank recently announced the Kickstart Food global activation programme to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world food supply.