in retail chains
About 1/3 of all food produced for humans goes to waste. This is worse in rich countries, with the US, Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, and Canada being the worst offenders.
According to the analyses of food waste from the ForMat project , which is supported by the interviews with the representatives from the retail sector done in this project, most food waste generated in the retail shops is due to loss of freshness and quality (fresh bakery products,fresh fruits and vegetables) or expiring date (meat products, seafood products and dairy products)."
Managing the inventory of food products in relation to expiring dates and the consumer’s attitudes to fresh products is thus the main reason for generation of food waste in the retail chain from grocery companies to retail shops (92% of food loss). Food loss due to breakage of packaging or damage of products in handling in transport and storage do only contribute to about 8% of the real food loss in retail chains.
When food is wasted, all the resources that were invested into its production,
distribution, and storage are wasted as well.
3.3 B tons of greenhouse gas. If food waste were a country, it the 3rd GHG emitter after the US and China.
250 km³ of surface and groundwater resources aproximately double the volume of Lake Tahoe
Produced and uneaten food occupies 1.4 B hectares of land, ~30 % of the world's agricultural land area.
Agriculture responsible for 66% of threats to species and monocultures threatening biodiversity
most favoured option
ReFED identified 27 solutions to food waste. Wasteless
incorporates three of these solutions:
Waste diverted from
Economic value of
waste diverted ($/ ton)
Wasteless helps tackle the food waste issue by reducing waste at the retailer level. Grocers can sell more of their inventory, thereby reducing waste, and consumers can make more conscientious purchase decisions when it comes to food.