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Sustainable Waste Management in the Chilled Foods Sector - FT0348

This project will take a novel, holistic to analyse the enviromental, economic and social aspects of the generation of waste in the food industry.
1. Critically review contemporary approaches to waste management of chilled foods by the retail and catering industries from the factory gate to ultimate disposal/reuse.

2. Evaluate existing approaches to forecasting demand for chilled foods and identify more reliable alternatives to reduce the amount of waste resulting from avoidable forecasting errors.

3. Detarmine both the best extisting and emerging technologies and management strategies to extend the shelf-life of chilled foods, to improve distribution and/or packaging/preservation, identify barriers to their adoption and recommend how these might be overcome.

4. Develop a 'soft' holistic approach to evaluate the trade-offs between enviromental benefits and economy costs of different chilled food waste disposal/reuse options that would be acceptable to the public and other stakeholders and identify the best generic strategies that can be employed to manage chilled food waste by the food retail and catering industries.

5. Within the context of previous objectives, review contemporary regulations and policies relating to food wastes management and identify barriers they represent to the developemnt of more sustainable practicies and implementation of more useful tachnologies identified by this study; and to recommend changes to policies and/or regulations that would overcome barriers identified.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Sustainable Waste Management in the Chilled Foods Sector   (605k)
• Abstract : No Final Report   (26k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2004

To: 2007

Cost: £54,628
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Imperial College, Wye Campus
Energy Efficiency              
Environmental Performance              
Food and Drink              
Food Chain              
Food Industry Sustainability Strategy              
Food manufacturing industry              
Food Quality              
Technology Transfer              
Waste Management              
Fields of Study
Resource Efficient and Resilient Food Chain