Cooperation between chain partners proven to reduce food waste

PRESS RELEASE  Leading UK retailer and its soft fruit suppliers prove that food waste can be reduced significantly, when chain partners work together.

50% reduction in waste
A pilot conducted in the UK proves that the shelf life of raspberries can be increased from 5 to 10 days, and strawberries from 4 to 8 days, using the Respiration Control System from PerfoTec. This resulted in a 50% reduction of in-store waste and a double-digit sales growth. For one product the in-store waste even decreased by 95%!

How it works
Fruit and vegetables need oxygen to stay fresh, but the amount of oxygen needed varies by type and changes through the seasons. PerfoTec’s system measures the exact level of oxygen needed and adjusts the packaging accordingly with micro-perforations.
These results are not possible with pre-perforated films, but can only be achieved by combining PerfoTec’s online laser perforation system with the Fast Respiration Meter. This instrument was developed in cooperation with TOP bv in the Netherlands.

Benefits for retailer, packer, grower and consumer
Strawberries, raspberries but also blueberries and cherries are delicate products. Doubling the shelf life is a very attractive benefit for consumers, as the increased sales volume proves. But there is another important benefit, which may not be directly visible. It makes the distribution and ordering process between suppliers and retailers a lot more simple, flexible and sustainable.

The problem with complex issues like food waste is that it requires a strong cooperation within the supply chain, between retailers and suppliers. Where the party that needs to invest may not be the party that directly benefits from it. This pilot proves that when retailers and suppliers work together, they can reduce food waste in a mutually beneficial way. And that is a very important step towards a more sustainable food system.

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