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Toolkit for Reducing Food Waste Posted

foodwastecA new toolkit aimed at reducing food waste has been released by food manufacturers, retailers and foodservice operators.

The Best Practices and Emerging Solutions Toolkit was released by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA), a cross-sector industry initiative led by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the National Restaurant Association (NRA).

Overall findings indicate that approximately 80 billion pounds of food is discarded in US landfills each year. FWRA members have the opportunity to have a significant impact, with restaurants accounting for 37 percent, manufacturers for 3 percent, and retailers for 2 percent, the group says.

Topics discussed include:

  • Tactics for overcoming obstacles to food donation such as liability and supply chain issues
  • Emerging solutions and new technologies for recycling food waste, including energy production opportunities
  • Strategic planning to avoid food waste generation

The toolkit also offers a “Getting Started” section for companies considering food waste reduction strategies.

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2 thoughts on “Toolkit for Reducing Food Waste Posted

  1. According to the EPA’s website, roughly 18% of US carbon emissions are directly related to food production. Hopefully this new toolkit will make a substantial impact on reducing carbon emissions via reducing wasted food.

  2. not so fast. historically we have never processed food only as fresh. pickling, canning, various preservation processes had secured the food supply year round. shipping fresh food around the globe is extremely wasteful. the idea that we “want fresh” year round may have to be revisited. That would have a tremendous impact on carbon emissions.

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