Stated in simple terms, food loss and waste (FLW) is 1) the discarding of resources along the value chain utilized in the production and distribution of consumer foods and beverages, and 2) foods purchased by consumers though not eaten. As shown in the diagram below, the term “food loss” is typically used to describe the discarding of food that occurs from production through to processing, while the term “food waste” describes the discarding of food during its distribution to consumers through retail or food service and subsequently in the home. Food waste also applies to food and beverages that are donated to food rescue organizations but end up being discarded.

This roadmap examines food loss and waste (FLW) research and proposes a way forward for the industry.

Author:  Nikkel, L., Maguire, M., Gooch, M., Bucknell, D., LaPlain, D., Dent, B., Whitehead, P., Felfel, A

Published By:  Second Harvest and Value Chain Management International

Publication Date: January 2019

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