Food Waste is a significant problem
No other industry would tolerate this level of waste, yet the food waste problem persists, filling landfills, creating dissatisfied customers and negatively impacting profit margins across the fresh food supply chain.
“America wastes up to 40 percent of its food from farm to fork to landfill”
- 12 percent for fruits
- 10 percent for vegetables.
Causes of Food Waste
THE PRIMARY CAUSES OF FRESH FOOD WASTE ARE HARVEST CONDITIONS AND THE IMPACTS OF POST-HARVEST PROCESSING
Types of produce
Each type of produce – leafy greens, berries, row crops, stone fruits, etc. – have a unique freshness profile based on variety and location.Proteins also have unique profiles.
Harvest-temperatures and cut-to-cool times
For fresh produce, post-harvest time and temperature have the biggest impact on the remaining freshness (or shelf-life). If a pallet of produce is experiences long cut-to-cool times, its freshness is dramatically affected – each hour can impact remaining freshness by a day or more and contribute to food waste.
For fresh produce, pre-cooling is critical, but efficiency and effectiveness can vary depending on conditions and the type of precooling. Cooling can be inadequate or inconsistent meaning the results for each pallet may vary, impacting shelf-life.
As a result of these factors,different palletsof produceharvested from the same field on the same day can have shelf-life that varies by five days or more. As a result, harvest date labels are often inaccurate, exacerbating the food waste problem.
For proteins, Zest Fresh ensures that food is properly handled and tracked from origin to the store and documents pedigree, provenance and authenticity of product from harvest or processing to retail or restaurant.
Pallet-level Data-driven Analytics Reduces Food Waste
Zest Fresh provides pallet- or case-level data-driven analytics and insights that to enable intelligent decision making across the fresh food supply chain – from harvestor processingto retailer or restaurant – that ensures delivered freshness and reduces food waste by 50 percent or more. It is the first and only solution that enables proactive shelf-life management.