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Sustainability 2018, 10(9), 3175; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10093175

A Multifaceted Evaluation of Food Waste in a Polish Supermarket—Case Study

Department of Food Gastronomy and Food Hygiene, Faculty of Human Nutrition and Consumer Sciences, Warsaw University of Life Sciences—SGGW, Nowoursynowska 159C St., 02-776 Warsaw, Poland
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Received: 30 July 2018 / Revised: 26 August 2018 / Accepted: 30 August 2018 / Published: 5 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
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The objective of this paper is to evaluate the food waste generated in one Polish supermarket in terms of its mass, financial value, and wasted caloric value, and to specify ways in which to manage food that can help contribute to reducing the phenomenon of food waste in commercial facilities. The research material was a list of unsold food items in one supermarket over two weeks. The evaluation shows that in one supermarket, approximately 3.3 tonnes of food was wasted over two weeks, with a total value of €5500. The groups of products with the highest percentage share in the structure of waste were fruits and vegetables, as well as meat, cold meats, and fish. The estimated caloric value of dairy products wasted over two weeks amounts to approximately 243.8 kcal. The estimated mass of dairy products appropriated for social purposes would feed from 72 to 174 persons a day (depending on the daily reference value). As various types of food products for social purposes may be sourced from the retail sector, it constitutes an important link in the chain “from the field to the table”, from which food should be redistributed to people in need. View Full-Text
Keywords: food waste; supermarket; food redistribution; losses of caloric value; monetary losses food waste; supermarket; food redistribution; losses of caloric value; monetary losses
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Bilska, B.; Piecek, M.; Kołożyn-Krajewska, D. A Multifaceted Evaluation of Food Waste in a Polish Supermarket—Case Study. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3175.

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