Roughly a third of all food ultimately ends up in landfills, while about 40 million Americans are food insecure. Organic waste is the largest contributor to landfills in the US and a significant driver of climate change.
According to FMI - The Food Industry Association, the average supermarket stocks more than 31,000 items. To operate efficiently, it’s important to track how many of these items are actually sold and how many are wasted.
Highly perishables now make up 39% of grocery stores, and produce alone is nearly 24%. These items have a short lifespan and are ripe for waste if not purchased. And food waste is expensive: shrink costs retailers $52 billion annually.