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“If only I Could Decide”: Opinions of Food Category Managers on in-Store Food Waste

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Department for Innovation in Biological, Agro-food and Forest Systems, University of Tuscia, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
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Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Bologna, 40127 Bologna, Italy
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Department of Economy, Engineering, Society and Business, University of Tuscia, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
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Sustainability 2020, 12(20), 8592; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su12208592
Received: 2 August 2020 / Revised: 10 October 2020 / Accepted: 12 October 2020 / Published: 16 October 2020
Retail food waste represents a minor fraction of the total amount of food waste produced along the food supply chain (tenfold lower than the quantity of food disposed of by consumers at home). However, the role of retailers is crucial in shaping both the behavior of upstream food chain actors and the preferences of consumers. This paper studies the causes of food waste in retail stores and discusses potential mitigating actions based on the results of nine focus groups held in 2017 with 67 foods category managers. Participants used sticky notes to outline both the causes of in-store food waste and potential actions to address it. Sticky notes reporting 228 causes and 124 actions were collected during the study. Data were analyzed across thematic macro-categories and linked to the responsibility of supply chain actors, including managers at all store management levels. Results revealed that food category managers consider in-store operations (which include their actions and those of their subordinates) to be most responsible for retail food waste. However, when it comes to proposing actions against food waste, they believe that store managers are mainly responsible for the implementation of waste reduction actions. This study suggests that food category managers are key actors to involve in the fight against retail food waste. Greater effort should also be put towards informing and encouraging store managers to take action against food waste in supermarkets. View Full-Text
Keywords: retail food waste; supermarket; focus group; store management; waste prevention; food redistribution retail food waste; supermarket; focus group; store management; waste prevention; food redistribution
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Cicatiello, C.; Blasi, E.; Giordano, C.; Martella, A.; Franco, S. “If only I Could Decide”: Opinions of Food Category Managers on in-Store Food Waste. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8592. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su12208592

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Cicatiello C, Blasi E, Giordano C, Martella A, Franco S. “If only I Could Decide”: Opinions of Food Category Managers on in-Store Food Waste. Sustainability. 2020; 12(20):8592. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su12208592

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Cicatiello, Clara, Emanuele Blasi, Claudia Giordano, Angelo Martella, and Silvio Franco. 2020. "“If only I Could Decide”: Opinions of Food Category Managers on in-Store Food Waste" Sustainability 12, no. 20: 8592. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su12208592

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