The greatest waste in the supply chain is food waste.
Each year, about 1.2 trillion kg of food is lost or wasted globally. That’s nearly a half a kilogram a day for every person on the planet.
In Australia alone, wasted food is equal to a complete three course dinner for every person in the country each week.
This is a huge loss for Australia and the world, negatively impacting the millions of people who don’t get enough to eat each day as well as the environment.
The good news is that much of the food waste is preventable by using targeted solutions. You may reduce food going to landfills simply by switching from cardboard to reusable containers through lower product damage. Shipping on higher quality pallets also reduces product damage. You may bring in experts to help you identify gaps in your current processes where waste occurs. And, you may collaborate with your trading partners to redistribute unsaleable products to those in need through our relationships with food rescue groups.
Food waste is a fact of life today. But by understanding why it occurs and efficiently addressing those causes, we can work toward a future where there is enough food for everyone.