About 90 million tonnes of food is wasted annually in Europe - agricultural food waste and fish discards not included.
About a third of the food for human consumption is wasted globally - around 1.3 billion tons per year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Food waste in industrialized countries is as high as in developing countries:
In developing countries, over 40% of food losses happen after harvest and during processing;
In industrialized countries, over 40% occurs at retail and consumer level.
Food is wasted throughout the whole food chain – from farmers to consumers – and for various reasons.
At the Cool Chain Association AGM 2014 Event, we presented and discussed the Challenges, Developments and Innovations from various view points with the theme "Quality & Wastage in the Perishable Supply Chain".