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9 Ways to Reduce Food Waste in the Supply Chain

By Contributing Author | 06/02/2017 | 9:04 AM

By Gavin Parnell, Go Supply Chain Consulting

In 2012, in the EU, the cost of food waste was estimated at 143 billion euros. According to the UN Food and Agriculture organization, 30-40 percent of food production is lost before reaching the market.

Food waste is a significant problem in the world, with an estimated 1 in 9 people in the world suffering from chronic undernourishment, but solving this in the supply chain also represents a significant opportunity to increase revenue for businesses.

Most information about food waste tends to focus on waste by consumers and retailers despite this significant opportunity to reduce waste in the supply chain. There are lots of ways that food waste can be reduced in the supply chain, and this infographic from Go Supply Chain covers nine of them.

One interesting area covered in the infographic is intelligent packaging.

Biosensors can be used to detect foodborne pathogens. They can then transmit this information to identify potential problems, and that data can be collected and used to reduce food waste in the supply chain.

Time Temperature Indicators can be used to determine if food products have been exposed to undesirable temperatures. An irreversible change, such as the color of a label changing, will occur if this has been the case.

Gas Indicators can be used to detect atmospheric changes due to respiration within packaging. They typically detect presence or absence of oxygen or carbon dioxide within the packaging and again this information can be used to reduce waste.

Take a look at the infographic below to find out 8 more ways that food waste can be reduced in the supply chain.




Gavin Parnell, BA (Hons) MSc. MILT MCIPS, is a Director of Go Supply Chain with over twenty years’ experience in logistics.  Since 2004 he has worked in consultancy with retail, FMCG, fashion and industrial clients.  Go Supply Chain works to improve clients’ supply chains and logistics operations through design and optimisation of distribution networks, warehouses, transport operations, inventory policies, international logistics and more.



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