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Packaging and reduced waste From August 2011 newsletter

Packaging and reduced waste

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
+44(0)1386 842284

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