According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), 363 billion euros of food is wasted every year before even reaching the shelves. Poor storage infrastructure is the biggest culprit.
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The Finnish supermarket chain, S-market, holds its own 'happy hour' every day, where the retailer applies extra large discounts to those food products nearly reaching their expiry dates.
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Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn is experimenting with dynamic discounts for fresh products. The discount is not only dependent on the best-before date, but also on other factors such as the weather, and is determined by artificial intelligence.
In the coming years, innovative developments will be unchaining a revolution in the way we produce and consume food: think 3D printers, genetic barcodes and facial recognition cameras for dairy cattle...
The UN food agency, FAO, has prepared a new New Year’s resolution for us all: waste less food. Europeans apparently waste 88 million tons of food annually. On a global scale, it amounts to 1.3 billion tons.
A supermarket near Leeds only sells food excesses for varying prices, as customers can pay whatever they can afford.
According to a study of Swedish technical university Chalmers, we can only reach the European Union's climate goals to lower the emission of harmful gases by 50 % in 2050, if we cut our beef consumption in half.
Portuguese web shop goodafter.com sells food items that are approaching or have surpassed their best-used-before date, with discounts up to 70 %.
Has the 'Best before date‘ mention reached its own expiration date? Christian Schmidt, German Minister of Nutrition and Agriculture, is in favour of removing the date on packaging.
Following the French government's example, the Italian government now intends to create legislation to process unsold food as well. The goal is to facilitate how companies can donate food.
A supermarket for excess food has opened in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. The store, called Wefood, offers 30 to 50 % discounts for all of its products.