Food loss and waste in food supply chains. A systematic literature review and framework development approach

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Chauhan , C , Dhir , A , Akram , M U & Salo , J 2021 , ' Food loss and waste in food supply chains. A systematic literature review and framework development approach ' , Journal of Cleaner Production , vol. 295 , 126438 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.126438

Title: Food loss and waste in food supply chains. A systematic literature review and framework development approach
Author: Chauhan, Chetna; Dhir, Amandeep; Akram, Manzoor Ul; Salo, Jari
Contributor organization: Department of Economics and Management
Marketing
Date: 2021-05-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 14
Belongs to series: Journal of Cleaner Production
ISSN: 0959-6526
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.126438
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/329951
Abstract: This study examines the state of the art of the literature in the domain of food loss and waste (FLW) in food supply chains (FSC). The authors used a systematic literature review (SLR) approach to examine and synthesise the findings of the existing literature to identify the key research themes, research gaps and avenues of future research on FLW in FSC. To this end, this SLR considered 152 articles relevant for the review. The authors uncovered the extant literature in the domain by presenting the research profile of the selected studies, along with thematic analysis. The authors identified eight key themes from the extant literature. The themes range from factors responsible for FLW generation to new, emerging areas of research such as digitalisation and food surplus redistribution. The study's findings will help clarify existing practices in FSC for waste mitigation and act as a foundation for strategic and policy initiatives in this area. The findings indicate that the major factors responsible for FLW include the poor management of perishable food items, stakeholder attitudes, buyer-supplier agreements and supply chain interruptions. Some of the important implications of the study include formal guidelines and policy-level interventions for assisting the accurate quantification of FLW along with an impetus on digitalisation to reduce FLW. The study concludes with the development of a research framework to assist future research in this domain. (c) 2021 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Subject: 1172 Environmental sciences
Food supply chain (FSC)
Food loss and waste (FLW)
Food waste
Food loss and systematic literature review
GREENHOUSE-GAS EMISSIONS
MANAGEMENT
RETAIL
CIRCULAR ECONOMY
VEGETABLE MARKETS
PERISHABLE FOOD
REDUCTION
PRODUCTS
SHELF-LIFE
GENERATION
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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