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Food Waste: Impact Analysis and Reduction

Wasted food in the US amounts to about 50 million metric tonnes annually, costing businesses and consumers nearly $200 billion. In addition, food waste translates to at least 13% of all food-related GHG emissions in the US and 1.5% of national emissions. This presents a significant opportunity for the food industry to simultaneously save money and cut emissions. We can help you address this opportunity with our unique business analytics solution based on MetaFlowScope.

Analysis Service

Our food waste analysis will calculate both the economic and life-cycleSolutions environmental impacts of the waste. The focus will be on pre-consumer waste - including waste in processing, storage and in commercial kitchens.


The top-down analysis will estimate the avoidable waste that ends up in the waste stream before products are sold or served to consumers, including the composition of the waste. Depending on the data available from your information systems, the analysis can take one of two approaches:

  • Using procurement and fulfillment data, our software can calculate the total pre-consumer waste and its detailed composition.
  • Using only the procurement data and total pre-consumer organic waste (such as kitchen waste), our software can estimate the waste composition based on national waste statistics (after adjusting for the unavoidable waste - such as inedible parts of food - in the waste stream).

  • Based on the waste composition and volume, waste reduction opportunities will be prioritized and presented to you on the basis of both cost savings and GHG emissions reductions.

    Other Benefits

  •  We can provide a detailed and complete scope 3 GHG emissions inventory as part of the analysis. If you don't already have ongoing emissions inventories for scope 1 and 2, we can provide that too.
  • If you are already using a bottom-up waste monitoring system (such as capturing data on waste as it is generated), our top-down analytics solution will provide a powerful complementary method that can be used simultaneously to find more big-picture opportunities.
  • Our solution is entirely software based, using data that should be readily available in your in-house IT systems, and the analysis will be run by our expert consultants.
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