Researchers with Guelph-Wellington’s Our Food Future initiative have identified several food waste “hotspots” across the region’s food system. The study offers insights that can guide future circular food system strategies and support businesses and organizations to reduce food waste. In the first phase of the three-stage Food and Food Waste Flow Study, researchers from Dillon Consulting, Metabolic and University of Guelph analyzed more than 70 sets of data.
The analysis shows that specific food categories, such as fruit losses before manufacturing and losses of cereals at the processing stage, warrant deeper investigation. Storage and packaging also represent an important area of loss for fruits and vegetables, likely due to their vulnerability to damage and shorter shelf life. Focusing on these hotspots may provide a more significant overall impact than other points of intervention in the supply chain. The full study report, Sankey diagrams and a video explaining the process are available on foodfuture.ca.