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Viable High-Tech Solutions To Grocery Store Food Waste Disposal Do Exist

August 24, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Disposal of grocery store produce that is damaged, ugly, or otherwise surplus because of faulty buying, but cannot be donated, is a major economic and environmental problem. Produce decaying in landfills, for example – 35 percent of all landfill waste – is a major source of methane gas. A variety of emerging technologies can help solve the problem. But perhaps the best is so-called “Big Data.” A supermarket of any size that has access to real-time information and analytics tracking processes related to food disposal can better manage the amount and timing of what they order. This would ensure that most of the food brought into stores is destined for consumer refrigerators, not landfills. Meanwhile, unsold items are minimized and disposed of safely.
Frank E. Celli, "How Big Data Can Help Supermarkets Tackle Food Waste", Supermarket News, August 24, 2016, © Penton
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