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Title: A manufacturing approach to reducing consumer food waste
Authors: Jellil, Aicha
Woolley, Elliot
Garcia-Garcia, Guillermo
Rahimifard, S.
Keywords: Consumer food waste
Food manufacturers
Retailers
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by IOS Press
Citation: JELLIL, A. ...et al., 2016. A manufacturing approach to reducing consumer food waste. IN: Goh, Y.M. and Case, K. (eds.) Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXX: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, Loughborough University, September 6–8, pp. 375-380.
Abstract: Globally, one third of food produced is wasted. In the UK, 47% of the food waste is post-consumer revealing a need to encourage more efficient consumption. This research asserts that manufacturers and retailers can play a crucial role in minimising consumer food waste (CFW) through consumer engagement and provision of smart solutions that ensure more efficient use of food products. Supporting manufacturers and retailers to minimise CFW can be achieved via two stages: a) understanding and evaluating CFW, and b) identifying improvements to manufacturing and retail activities that would reduce CFW. On-site waste audits have identified that the percentage of edible CFW from domestic environments (77%) is greater than that disposed of in public areas (14%) supporting the hypothesis that improving the full food provisioning process (e.g. packaging, storage, guidance) would be beneficial. This paper proposes a number of mechanisms to support manufacturing and retail in reducing CFW.
Description: The final publication is available at IOS Press through http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-668-2-375
Sponsor: This research is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK through the grant EP/K030957/1.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-668-2-375
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22780
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-668-2-375
ISBN: 9781614996675
ISSN: 2195-3597
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers and Contributions (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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