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Smartphone App Applies Inventory Management Tactics To Reduce Home Food Loss

May 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The developers of a consumer smartphone app that applies an industrial inventory management strategy to domestic use know that 60 percent of food loss in the U.K. happens in the home. The app (“”The Pantry”) provides a stock list that ranks purchased food; a tracker that sorts foods by expire date, best before date or use by date and sends notifications when a product is nearing its date. It also provides recipes that maximize use of the foods in the fridge, freezer or cupboard. The developers tested their app among consumers, and published their findings in a scientific journal: the app can help cut home food waste 34 percent. They conclude that it seems "misdirected" to focus all food waste reduction efforts on industry. The remainder of the food chain – particularly consumers – “must get involved.”
Niamh Michail, "Industry must help consumers cut food waste, say app developers", FOODnavigator.com, May 11, 2016, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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