Deligate's role and impact in the food system - A case study of a Swedish company's multifaceted approach to tackle avoidable food waste in the retail sector

Last changed: 21 May 2021
Image of scientific poster. Authors: Amanda Olsson and Chelsea Hoegberg

Amanda Olsson & Chelsea Hoegberg, Sustainable Food Systems – Master´s Programme

Summary

Short description of your pro: Food waste is a global and complex problem that occurs at all stages of the food supply chain. All actors handling food have the responsibility to handle it efficiently to minimize the risk of food going to waste. When food intended for human consumption doesn’t reach the plate, the food itself is wasted, along with the resources and energy that went into the production, processing, transport and cooking of the food. The retail sector contributes substantially to this problem. One common reason is that food items are thrown away when they approach their best before or use by dates. A Swedish start-up company, Deligate, recognized this issue and created a program for retailers to track the expiration dates of their inventory and take action before food expires, primarily by price reducing expiring food items. We formed a case study to analyze Deligate’s role and impact which included quantification of potential food waste reduction and survey of consumer perceptions of food waste and an interactive solution to address it. Small actors can join the food system and have a great impact- read our paper for details about an example of a Swedish company who is doing just that.

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About us

Amanda Olsson. Private photo.

Amanda Olsson

They say the more you know, the less you know. After studying sustainability and food for about five years, I’d say that’s definitely true. I have always had an interest in food and flavors, but it was when I spent a year abroad after high school that I became fascinated and began questioning why fruits and vegetables behaved differently than at home and where the food actually comes from. These thoughts led me to study Meal Ecology at Örebro University. When I graduated, I had learned a lot about sustainability in the food system, and several aspects of food from farm to fork, such as food safety, environmental toxicology, consumer behavior and food culture. I developed a passion for food in a new way, and food became much more complex than something we simply feed our stomachs with. This masters program has given me the opportunity to broaden and deepen my knowledge and has fueled my passion for wanting to be a part of the solution. During my five years of interdisciplinary studies I have developed analytical skills and a systems perspective necessary for tackling complex issues. There’s still a lot to learn, but the broad knowledge I possess about the challenges, complexity, and opportunities of food has created a large and valuable toolbox that I can’t wait to use.

olssonamanda000@gmail.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/amanda-olsson-2021

 

Chelsea Hoegberg. Private photo.

Chelsea Hoegberg

Enrolling in the Sustainable Food Systems Master’s program at SLU was an admitted change of course for both my education and career paths. A background in Biology had led me to the medical research field where I developed into a coordinator position. While I learned many valuable skills and contributed to exciting research efforts, it wasn’t quite the passion driven work I longed for. In retrospect, this change of course seems like a natural and obvious redirection as it aligns with my passions and interest in sustainability. While this program has covered aspects from the entire food system, it is the end of chain issues which pique my interest in particular. Equipped with a multidisciplinary background, systems perspective and current coverage of our broken food system, I am ready to apply my education and skills in a unique and meaningful way in order to contribute to a more sustainable food system. Please feel free to reach out to me!

c.hoegberg@gmail.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/chelsea-hoegberg-2021 

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