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Want a zero waste picnic this summer? Ditch the egg and celery! Survey reveals least popular picnic items for National Picnic Week

Alfresco diners are being encouraged to enjoy a less wasteful summer this National Picnic Week in a bid to prevent waste at outdoor gatherings over the coming months.

Food waste recycling firm Warrens wanted to find out people’s least favourite picnic food, to encourage more considered choices when packing their hampers this summer.

A Google survey commissioned by the County Durham-based company collected data from 1,000 respondents who selected from a list of classic yet often divisive picnic foods, including celery sticks, egg sandwiches, pork pies, scotch eggs, carrot sticks and strawberries.

The data showed a series of food trends, which could influence food choices for a picnic amongst the public, with egg sandwiches firmly off the menu for women aged 18 – 24 as being the worst thing you could take to a picnic, with 28.6 percent of those surveyed showing their dislike for the quintessentially British picnic nibble, followed closely by pork pies and scotch eggs respectively.

Strawberries appear to remain a firm British summertime favourite, however, with just 5 percent of respondents claiming it was their least favourite picnic snack.

The stereotype of men preferring more meat-based options to women appears to ring true in the survey, with most males ranking scotch eggs as their preferred snack, followed closely by pork pies.

Whilst celery sticks ranked as being the worst picnic snack overall in other age groups and genders, the healthy eighteen- to twenty-four-year-old female demographic ranked them preferable over the hard done to egg sarnie, suggesting the next generation of picnic-goers might look for more nutritious options overall.

Kevin Quigley, Commercial Director of Warrens, the food waste recycling firm behind the survey, said: “With levels of food waste an ongoing and all too real concern for the planet, we felt National Picnic Week served as the ideal time to help people understand where it sits in tackling the UK’s net zero ambitions. Food waste is estimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to contribute 8-10% of total man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and if food waste were a country, it would be the world’s third largest emitter after China and the USA.

“Our survey findings – albeit light-hearted, highlight how small changes such as preparing food that you know everyone will enjoy, and using up leftovers if you can, will contribute to wider scale change – everyone can play a part in reducing food waste.”