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08/12/2011

UK HOUSEHOLDS THROW AWAY OVER £5 BILLION WORTH OF FOOD EACH YEAR

 

LG’s Refrigeration Report reveals that the majority of UK households waste at least 10% of the food they buy

SLOUGH, Berkshire, 12 August, 2011 – Despite families trying to cut costs and tighten purse strings, LG Electronics has found that over half of UK households waste at least 10% of all the food they buy and a fifth waste over a 25%.

Food wastage has been a topical issue in the UK in recent years as consumers become ever more conscious of the environment and with the economic situation meaning that shoppers are tightening their belts and looking for new ways to save money. In fact, over two thirds of people (71%) say that they do think about the food they may waste when doing the weekly shop and try to reduce this by buying only what is needed.

Nevertheless, with stats from LG’s latest Refrigeration Report showing that £5 billion worth of food is wasted each year, it seems that people aren’t sure how to store their food to keep it fresh or what to do with leftovers.

People in Northern Ireland are the worst offenders, with a third saying that they waste more than a quarter of all food bought. While Wales wastes less food than any other region, with one in ten wasting more than a quarter of all food bought.*

Celebrity chef, Simon Rimmer, comments: “Food wastage is a huge issue in the UK but it’s really very simple to avoid. Knowing things like where you place your food in the fridge, the cool levels within the fridge and which foods should be refrigerated can really make a difference. There are plenty of new technologies, especially in refrigeration, that can really help to combat any wastage problems.”

LG Home Appliance Marketing Communications Manager, Dawn Stockell adds: “In 2011, LG’s Refrigeration range includes products with leading technologies which prolong food freshness and minimise wastage. Features like our Moist Balance Crisper maintain the moisture balance in one section of the fridge to ensure that fruit and vegetables don’t go soggy and stay fresh. Our refrigerators also have Fresh O Zone areas which maintain an area of the fridge at zero degrees, meaning meat and fish will be kept at a prime temperature ready for cooking.”

*Food Wastage in the UK by Region:


REGION

1

Northern Ireland (30.75%)

2

West Midlands (26.06%)

3

London (22.47%)

4

East Midlands (21.43%)

5

North West (21.08%)

6

East Anglia (20.4%)

7

Scotland (20.01%)

8

South East (18%)

9

Yorkshire and Humber (15.85%)

10

South West (12.5%)

11

North East (12.36%)

12

Wales (11.63%

(Regions ranked with 1 being the most and 12 being the least wasteful. Figures show percentage of people who waste more than a quarter of all food bought)

With the peak BBQ season and warmer temperatures upon us, visit www.lg.com to find out more information about how LG’s home appliance products can help you to minimise food wastage.

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

A sample of 2,000 UK adults were questioned via (phone/face to face/online) by pollsters 72 point.

The value of food wasted has been worked out by working out 10% of the average weekly food bill (using ONS data for the average weekly food bill) and multiplying this by the number of people who said they wasted at least 10% which is 57% of all UK households according to LG’s survey. Total number of UK households was also worked out using ONS data.

About LG Electronics, Inc.

LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 80,000 people working in over 115 operations around the world. With 2009 global sales of 55.5 trillion Korean Won (43.4 billion US Dollars), LG comprises of five business units – Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning and Business Solutions. LG is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, audio and video products, mobile handsets, air conditioners and washing machines. LG has signed a long-term agreement to become both a Global Partner of Formula 1™ and a Technology Partner of Formula 1™. As part of this top-level association, LG acquires exclusive designations and marketing rights as the official consumer electronics, mobile phone and data processor of this global sporting event. For more information, please visit www.lg.com

About LG Electronics Home Appliance Company

LG Electronics Home Appliance Company is an innovator in the home appliance industry, dedicated to offering healthier and greener products, blending smart technology and trend-setting design and providing a complete solution for improving daily life. LG’s insightful products, including refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, cooking appliances, vacuum cleaners, and built-in appliances, are designed to resonate with consumers around the world. LG’s innovative technologies and convenient features, including the world’s first interactive refrigerator, steam washing machine and combination oven and microwave, set new trends in the home appliance industry, helping to establish LG as a global leader.

Media Contacts:
LG-One UK
Siobhan Sleet/ Alison Metcalf
+44 (0)20 7413 3139
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