Sustainability-oriented innovations in food waste management technology

Martin-Rios, Carlos (Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Hofmann, Anastasia (Kitro SA, Zurich, Switzerland) ; Mackenzie, Naomi (Kitro SA, Zurich, Switzerland)

Food is essential to our survival, yet the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that about 820 million people were undernourished in 2018. In this context, food waste generation is a particularly salient issue. Wasting food means missing opportunities to feed the growing world population and consuming scarce resources, such as land, water and energy used in the production, processing, distribution and consumption of food. Firms in HORECA (hospitality, restaurant and catering) represent a considerable share of total food waste and, more importantly, are characterized by an overall low sense of awareness about the sustainability-oriented innovation opportunities and challenges of minimizing food waste. This article draws on an in-depth case study to explore the use of technological advancements in downstream value chain. This case study draws on a tech startup providing services for HORECA companies to address a new way for companies to solve the food waste challenge. Adopting technological innovations to quantify and minimize wastage via collaborations with third-party companies can be a strategic and cost-effective way to supplement a company’s open innovation activities.


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Type d'article:
scientifique
Faculté:
Economie et Services
Ecole:
EHL
Institut:
Aucun institut
Classification:
Economie/gestion
Date:
2021-01
Pagination:
12 p.
Veröffentlicht in:
Sustainability
Numérotation (vol. no.):
2021, vol. 13, no. 1, article 210, pp. 1-12
DOI:
ISSN:
2071-1050
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