It's a fact, the global cost of food waste has repercussions that go far beyond our own rubbish bins, impacting negatively on both mankind and the environment through the excessive consumption of resources, particularly water, increased CO2 emissions, high production and development costs, as well as widespread, unnecessary food shortages. According to the UN a third of food produced for human consumption is either lost or wasted. We are talking about 1.3 billion tonnes per year.
Supermarket employees witness food waste on a large scale, largely as a result of strict regulations and aesthetic considerations, i.e. product display strategies, that influence consumer decision making. However, from within the industry itself, changes are afoot. A good example is the Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn where, in 2014, four employees decided to take matters into their own hands.