Food waste in supermarkets

Overstocking, inadequate package sizes and seasonal products are just a few of the many examples of why supermarkets waste food. Luckily more than 22,644 supermarkets across Europe have already started fighting food waste along with consumers and Too Good To Go.

“The good news for retailers is that reducing waste in stores and the supply chain usually means lower costs, and can often be achieved with very little investment. It isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s often the profitable thing to do as well.” 

Oliver Wyman, 2014

Causes for food waste

  • Regular replenishment of stock and large product quantities on display
  • Inadequate package sizes to attract consumers
  • Demand unpredictability and challenges in demand forecasting
  • Overstocking in bulk and lack of storage facilities
  • Misinterpretation of the product’s shelf life
  • Outdated promotional, damaged, and unpopular items
  • Availability of ready-made fresh food

Fighting food waste with supermarkets

  • 22,644 supermarkets across Europe have signed up to fight food waste together with consumers via Too Good To Go
  • The number of saved meals from the supermarkets so far is 23,232,619
  • That amounts to over 58,082 tonnes of CO2 saved

The Case Study: Carrefour

Carrefour joined the Too Good To Go community on the 4th October 2017. Since then, the multinational retailer has saved 138.490 meals in total. So far in 2019, Too Good To Go helped them save 74.744 meals across their Carrefour megastores and their chains Carrefour City, Carrefour Market, Carrefour Bio, Carrefour Express, Carrefour Contact, Proxi, Carrefour Montagne, and Huit à 8. This converts to 318.527 kg of CO2 saved since 2017. Additionally, Carrefour has also further rolled out 153 franchise stores across Belgium since May 2018. Since then, Carrefour has managed to save 29.852 meals and avoided 74.630 kg of CO2  with Too Good To Go in less than a year!