LUXEMBOURG: June 01, 2016 - The Cool Chain Association (CCA) has called for closer collaboration with shippers in the fight against global food wastage in the cool chain.
According to the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization, about one-third of all food produced – equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes annually – gets lost or wasted at a supply chain cost of US$1 trillion.
Delegates at the recent CCA Perishables Summit in Barcelona, Spain have agreed to find collaborative ways of achieving a common goal of reducing waste by at least 10 percent by 2025. The CCA said this would save 250,000 tons of food valued at US$1 billion and result in a one million ton reduction in CO2 and other emissions.
“Food wastage is a major issue and one which we must focus on as an industry,” said Sebastiaan Scholte, CCA chairman and CEO of Jan de Rijk Logistics. “Working together, we can find ways to fight back and make a difference, whilst at the same time adding value to the supply chain,” he added.
Latest European Commission data suggests the EU wastes 88 billion tonnes of food annually at a cost of €143 billion.
A 2015 report concluded the U.S. spends over US$218 billion, or 1.3 percent of annual GDP, growing, processing, transporting and disposing of food that is never eaten. Producers and consumers send 52.4 million tons of food to landfill and an additional 10.1 million tons remains un-harvested - resulting in nearly 63 million tons of waste.
Cool chain refers to the subset of the total supply chain that involves the production, storage and distribution of products that require some level of temperature control in order to retain their key characteristics and associated value – such as food.
According to Ken de Witt Hamer, director at WorldACD, the cool chain industry should be prepared for shifting trade patterns because of increased perishables (PER) consumption by the middle class in emerging economies: “PER products by air showed much higher growth than the overall cargo market in 2015, and we see this trend continuing in 2016.
“Future food demand may increase food sourcing outside Asia for Asian countries, given more competition for land use, increased demand and challenges for water,” he said.
“South Korea is the leading country leasing agricultural land in other countries for own food sourcing, but it is likely that India and China will [also] increase food outsourcing in the future,” he added.