Reducing Fresh Food Waste

Reducing Fresh Food Waste

Did You Know That…

  • Approximately 40% of food is not consumed. The annual amount of this waste is staggering: 36 million tons, worth $162 billion.

  • Much of this waste is fresh food purchased for home use. For example, the typical American family throws away up to 40% of the fresh fish, meat, and poultry; 51% of the dairy products and fruits; and 44% of the vegetables it purchases.

  • By providing product protection; shelf life extension; freshness & nutrition maintenance; and portion control; a little bit of packaging can reduce waste while also protecting economic and environmental resources.

  • Fresh Food Food Waste BrochureReady to learn more? Read our brochure, Reducing Fresh Food Waste: The Role of Packaging.

  • Only have a minute? Check out our Reducing Fresh Food Waste Fact Sheet.