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A recipe for reducing food waste in retail

Start dramatically cutting waste across your value chain

With costs estimated at a trillion dollars every year, food waste is a massive issue. One-third of all food is wasted, harming the climate, biodiversity, and consumers. Now, that’s all about to change.

Until recently, food waste seemed like an unavoidable part of the system. Today, new solutions are making it possible to illuminate the entire value chain, enabling everyone from farmers to retailers to coordinate on a scale never before possible. Our new report takes a sweeping look at the causes – and solutions – to this global challenge.

Mounting pressure

From every direction, pressure to reduce food waste is mounting.

  • Governments are enacting new food waste regulations, with a target of cutting 50% of food waste by 2030.
  • Consumers are demanding less waste from retailers, and they’re rewarding retailers who make the effort.
  • Retailers themselves have been stepping up their commitments to reducing food waste – and they’re already seeing a return on their investment.

Inefficiencies at this scale need to end – many retailers are already finding ways to close the gaps. Our report provides an overview of the landscape today

In this report you’ll find:

  • An overview of food waste worldwide
  • Why retailers are uniquely positioned to drive change
  • What barriers are preventing retailers from acting
  • How you can dramatically reduce food waste

You’ll also find concrete examples of retailers that have made impressive strides to cut food waste from their operations.

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Learn how your retail company can reduce waste, while leading with a sense of purpose that resonates with your customers.

Food waste reduction solutions for retail

Less waste, more value

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Meet our experts

Tim Bridges

Global Head of Consumer Products & Retail
Tim Bridges leads Capgemini’s Global Sectors and the Consumer Products, Retail, Distribution (CPRD) global sector practice, a portfolio that includes major global retail, fashion, restaurant, consumer products, transportation, and distribution brands such as McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Meijer, Office Depot, Domino’s, and Unilever.

Lindsey Mazza

Global Retail Lead, Capgemini
Lindsey is Capgemini’s Global Retail Lead. She is a retail thought leader and subject matter expert who specializes in shopper-centric, unified-channel commerce and innovation. With nearly 20 years’ experience in retail transformation, Lindsey has served some of the world’s largest retailers in analytics-enabled integrated planning and execution, from consumer demand to receipt.

Kees Jacobs

Consumer Products & Retail Global Insights & Data Lead, Capgemini
Kees is Capgemini’s overall Global Consumer Products and Retail sector thought leader. He has more than 25 years’ experience in this industry, with a track record in a range of strategic digital and data-related B2C and B2B initiatives at leading retailers and manufacturers. Kees is also responsible for Capgemini’s strategic relationship with The Consumer Goods Forum and a co-author of many thought leadership reports, including Reducing Consumer Food Waste in the Digital Era.