Opening the Black Box of Food Waste Reduction

33 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2012 Last revised: 2 Jan 2015

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Paola Garrone

Politecnico di Milano

Marco Melacini

Polytechnic University of Milan

Alessandro Perego

Polytechnic University of Milan - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale

Date Written: April 30, 2013

Abstract

Surplus food management plays a key role in sustainable development, because effective management of food resources and products can reduce food waste and food poverty. This paper addresses the multifaceted concept of food supply chain sustainability by presenting a model of surplus food generation and management (called ASRW, Availability-Surplus-Recoverability-Waste), which encompasses the integrated food supply chain (i.e. business, environmental and social players). The model was developed using a bottom-up approach, by conducting 30 exploratory case studies and iterating theory development and data analysis. Three confirmatory case studies, from different food supply chain stages, are also presented to show the suitability of the model in the identification of food waste reduction strategies.

Keywords: surplus food, food waste, sustainable supply chain

JEL Classification: M14

Suggested Citation

Garrone, Paola and Melacini, Marco and Perego, Alessandro, Opening the Black Box of Food Waste Reduction (April 30, 2013). Updated version: Food Policy, Vol. 46, No. June, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2109594 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2109594

Paola Garrone (Contact Author)

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Marco Melacini

Polytechnic University of Milan ( email )

Piazza Leonardo da Vinci
Milan, Milano 20100
Italy

Alessandro Perego

Polytechnic University of Milan - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale ( email )

Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32
Milano, 20133
Italy

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