Packaging and reduced waste
From August 2011 newsletter
New member subscription-funded research is investigating
whether a link exists between distribution, pack damage
and food waste in the supply chain. It is suggested that
damage is particularly prevalent between regional
distribution centres and retail stores, and typically results
from compression, dropping and crushing. By establishing
where, how and why most damage occurs to food and
packaging, it should be possible to identify routes to reduce
food waste in the supply chain.
Three packaging formats (glass, metal and plastic) have been chosen to be followed through the supply chain, and different types of damaged packaging are being collected from supermarkets, manufacturers and retailers. With the support of several major players in the industry, damaged samples are being assessed for the types, likely causes and significance of the damage.
Contact: Lynneric Potter