Supermarkets are not the only food waste culprits

ONE in four Alicante Province inhabitants live below the poverty line of €7,961 a year. Although some people must be going hungry the province throws away an annual 30 million kilos of food worth €450 million.  

Consumers’ association Facua is calling for the Spanish government to emulate France, by introducing a legal ban on destroying provisions that are still edible. Instead, the big supermarket chains must donate it to food banks or charities.

Supermarkets are not the only culprits and account for only 5 per cent of discarded food. Forty-two per cent originates in the home, a further 39 per cent is lost during processing and 14 per cent is thrown away by restaurants. 

Pedro Reig, director of the Valencian Community Association of Supermarkets (Asucova) confirmed these figures. “Supermarkets account for 5 per cent of wasted food,” he said.  “They make money through good management, small profit margins and optimising stock so that as little as possible gets thrown away.”

In recent years and owing to the crisis, food retailers have increasingly cooperated with the food banks, Caritas and other charities. “They all help to a greater lesser extent,” said Reig.

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    • Rod Averbuch

      29 February 2016 • 14:23

      Food waste is a lose-lose situation for the environment, the struggling families in today’s tough economy and for the food retailers. Fortunately, there are new ways to reduce fresh food waste.
      The new open GS1 DataBar barcode standard enables new food waste reduction applications that allow automatic progressive purchasing incentives for fresh perishables approaching their expiration dates. These applications also eliminate labor-intensive manual relocation and promotional labeling of the promoted perishable lots.
      An example of such an application is the “End Grocery Waste” App. This GS1 DataBar based application encourages efficient consumer shopping behavior that makes fresh food affordable for all families, maximizes grocery retailer revenue, and effectively reduces the global carbon footprint.


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