The Benefits of Reducing Spoilage
How Large Food Retailers Can Help Solve the Food Waste Crisis
Data analytics have also debunked the notion that consumers require well-stocked displays to make a purchase. After taking an in-depth look at its perishables departments, U.S. grocery retailer Stop & Shop discovered that piling produce high resulted in more damage as well as greater labour costs. Finding new ways to display produce while reducing stock levels ended up boosting customer satisfaction because produce stayed fresher for longer. It also helped Stop & Shop reach an estimated savings of $100 million per year. Trader Joe’s uses a similar strategy by displaying their produce in narrow rows to indicate abundance.
A total of $8.9 billion worth of food was wasted in 2018.
The food waste problem is not merely limited to curbing hunger.
The production of food uses significant quantities of water and land. Each minute, six soccer fields worth of forests are bulldozed down to grow food that is subsequently thrown out.
Food waste then ends up in landfills, where it decomposes and emits methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.
According to the report, if global food waste were a country, it would be the third largest contributor to climate change.