Can Technology Help Solve The Food Waste Problem?

Foodservice providers face many obstacles while trying to navigate the waters of today’s rapidly changing supply chain.  From source to consumer, there is a drive to find the best ways to keep food safe, efficiently and cost-effectively move products, and take into consideration how everything they do effects and is perceived by the consumer.

But one of the most difficult challenges facing foodservice providers is sustainability.  There are many avenues to explore when talking about sustainable supply chains, including:

  • Reducing food waste
  • Creating processes that contribute to the circular economy
  • Decreasing carbon footprint and use of resources
  • Responding to  new food models such as food delivery and omnichannel ordering

Solving The Problem of Food Waste

Of these avenues, solving the problem of food waste may be the most pressing. An analysis by the authors of the 2015 book Food Foolish: The Hidden Connection Between Food Waste Hunger and Climate Change showed that a third or more of the food that is produced is never eaten. More than half of that waste occurs during processing, distribution, and retail sales. On a planet that is home to hundreds of millions of hungry people and under urgent pressure from population growth, water scarcity, and climate change, reducing food waste is a moral imperative. It’s also a good-business imperative.  Despite margins that are already razor-thin, grocers, convenience stores, and restaurants routinely throw away three to four percent of their margin by accepting food waste as part of the cost of doing business. In every sense, food waste is unsustainable. 

There is not only internal pressure to become more sustainable by controlling food waste, but government policies and consumers are increasingly pressuring brands, restaurants, and retailers to create sustainable supply chains. Avery Dennison is committed to helping the customer solve these pressing challenges  

Avery Dennison Food Solutions give foodservice providers the technology to create, implement and maintain sustainable processes that reduce waste from source to processor to distribution center to store.  With not only the environmental benefits but cost savings across the supply chain, sustainable practices encourage consumer trust, increasing sales.

Our food technology enables a better and more sustainable food industry by preventing or decreasing food waste and tools for tracking and donating excess food:


Avery Dennison - A Sustainable Company

We not only help our customers develop and implement sustainable processes, but we’re also integrating our sustainability goals within all our operations and engaging employees at all levels.  Across the company, we’re harnessing our core strengths, applying to sustainability the same creativity, determination and passion for problem-solving that we bring to our customers.

By 2025, we have pledged to:

  1. Deliver innovations that advance the circular economy

  2. Reduce environmental impact in our operations and supply chain

  3. Be a force for good, adding value for all our stakeholders

Our efforts have already brought about progress as we have recently ranked #72 on Barron’s first list of 100 Most Sustainable Companies.

We know what it takes to set and meet sustainability goals.  You can trust Avery Dennison to help you find the best solutions for making your business more sustainable while also helping you become more efficient and profitable.  We don’t just talk to the talk...we walk the walk.