Food Waste

This Working Group is focused on providing retailers and their supply chain partners with a forum to better understand how they can play a role in minimising food waste.

Supported by a global team of academics, it is developing new knowledge and experience on how to improve inventory management, supply chain logistics and in-store procedures, including innovation in packaging and the utilisation of technologies.

Research papers

Our research papers offer groundbreaking insights and actionable outcomes to help retailers and their partners better manage the many ways in which profits can be negatively impacted by all forms of retail loss. Produced by some of the leading academic experts in the field of retailing and loss prevention, they are all free to download.

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Contractual Terms for Reducing Food Waste
How contractual terms can impact on and improve food waste
Elena Belavina, Rakesh Allu
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Managing Retail Food Waste & Markdowns
Increasing sales and reducing waste in the fresh supply chain
Rob Broekmeulen, Karel Van Donselaar
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Collaboration as an effective lever to food waste reduction
Utilising Collaboration to Tackle Food Waste in Retail Supply Chains
Colin Peacock
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Our Meetings

ECR Retail Loss Group regular working group meetings provide an opportunity to network with industry peers, hear updates on the latest research and sector initiatives, and development new skills and insights. All retailers, CPGs and academics can participate at no cost.

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Workshop: Final Report on True Cost of Food Surplus
July 16th - 1pm UK
UpComing
What is the true cost of food surplus and unsold food?
Professor Lisa Jack, University of Portsmouth...
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Bakery Special - Innovations in Loss and Waste Reductions.
July 17th - 1pm UK
UpComing
Bakery - How to sell more and lose less
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss...
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Food Waste: Winning Hearts & Minds In The Store
Sept 12th - 1pm UK
UpComing
How are retailers winning the hearts and minds of stores on food waste?
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss...
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New Research - How Retailers Exit Food Surplus - Official Launch
Sept 13th - 2.30pm UK / 9.30am ET
UpComing
Official launch of a new research study on exiting food surplus from retail stores.
Professor Arzum Akkas...
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10X20X30 - Food Waste Initiatives
October 17th - 1pm UK
UpComing
10X20X30 - Real Results
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss Group...
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Food Waste Summit - Amsterdam - November 13th & 14th
Nov 13th & 14th
UpComing
Food Waste In Person Summit
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss Group...
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2025: What are the Top Three Priorities for Retailers?
January 29th: 1pm UK
UpComing
What's are the priorities for 2025?
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss...
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Expiry Date Visibility - Retailer Updates on use of 2d Data Bar Codes
April 9th - 1pm UK Time
UpComing
Retailer Updates on the use of 2d data bar codes.
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss...
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Food Surplus: Innovations in Markdowns
June 11th - 1pm UK / 8am ET
UpComing
Latest Learning & Insights on Markdown Best Practices
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss...
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Item Pricing on Bananas - Impact on Loss
July 10th - 1pm UK
Past
Item pricing on bananas - impact on loss
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss...
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Food Waste: Innovations in Markdowns
June 11th - 3pm UK / 10am ET
Past
Latest Learning & Insights on Markdown Best Practices
Professor Arzum Akkas...
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RFID In Grocery - Latest Insights
April 24th - 3pm UK
Past
RFID in Grocery - Retailer Updates
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss...
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Expiry Date Visibility - Retailer Updates on use of 2d Data Bar Codes
April 10th - 1pm UK Time
Past
Updates on the use of 2d data bar codes.
Roberto Olivares, Senior Project Manager, Woolworths Australia...
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Measuring Food Waste - Acquiring Benchmark Data
Feb 15th - 1pm UK
Past
Moving towards food waste benchmarking data
Professor Lisa Jack, University of Portsmouth...
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Food Surplus / Waste - Working Group Priority Setting Meeting
January 31st: 3pm UK
Past
Food Waste Reduction Priorities for 2024
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss...
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Retailers Food Surplus Exit Research - Pre-Launch Meeting
Jan 18th - 3pm UK
Past
Retailer Insights on Food Surplus Exit Strategies
Professor Arzum Akkas...
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Managing Food Waste on Fresh Loose Products
Dec 12th - 1pm UK
Past
Latest thinking on reducing food waste on loose fresh products
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss...
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Food Donations: What do Charities want from retailers?
December 7th - 1pm UK
Past
What do food waste charities want?
Ignacio Gavilan, Global Food Banking Network, George Wright...
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Food Waste Summit - Paris - November 15th & 16th
Nov 15th & 16th
Past
Food Waste In Person Summit
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss Group...
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Managing Food Waste in Small Format Stores
Sept 21st - 3pm UK
Past
Managing Food Waste in Small Format Stores
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss...
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Food Surplus Exit Research
June 29th - 3pm UK
Past
Food Surplus - Sell Vs Donate Vs Repurpose - What is the right balance?
Professor Arzum Akkas...
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Retailer Case Study - Learnings on Road to Delivering Targets
May 10th - 1pm UK
Past
What does it take to deliver a halving food waste target?
Ben Dingley, Cheryl Wetherburn, Tesco UK...
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Managing Food Waste in DC's/FC's
April 11th - 1pm UK Time
Past
Reducing Food Waste in DC's/FC's
Colin Peacock...
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Food Waste - Innovations in Exiting Surplus Food
March 15th - 3pm UK
Past
Retailer updates
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss...
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2022 Food Waste Innovation Challenge
Nov 30th - 1pm UK - 8am Eastern
Past
Your invitation to hear pitches from 10 of the hottest innovations in food waste
Jeremy Basset...
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Food Waste Working Group - In Person Meeting
November 16th & 17th
Past
The Return of the In-Person Meeting [but with a difference]
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss Group...
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Food Waste: Waste Less with Smart Refrigeration
Oct 20th - 3pm UK Time
Past
Waste Less Through Smart Refrigeration
Joe Laufenberg, Senior Director of Asset Protection...
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10X20X30 - Food Waste Initiatives
October 20th - 12.30pm UK Time
Past
10X20X30 - Real Results
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss Group...
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Markdowns in Fresh - Innovation in Practice
Oct 19th - 1pm UK TIme
Past
Innovations in Markdowns
Dr Anna Hannemann, Data Science Domain Owner, Metro Digital...
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Food Waste - Whole Crop Purchase Research
Sept 22nd - 3pm UK
Past
Understanding Whole Crop Purchases and Impact on Food Waste
Dr Renzo Akkerman, Wageningen University...
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In Store Production - Ingredients Forecasting & Ordering
July 14th - 3pm UK time
Past
Incredients Forecasting
Lisa Harrison, Senior Supply Chain Manager, Morrisons PLC...
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OSA Service Level Differentiation as a strategy to sell more and waste...
June 23rd - 1pm UK
Past
Improved Forecasting to Sell More and Waste Less
Asst Prof Karel Van Donselaar & Rob Broekemeulen, Eindhoeven University...
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Food Waste and Markdown Group - AB
May 19th - 1pm UK time
Past
Insights on Delivering an End to End Food Waste Strategy
Angelina Sapounaki, Sustainability Marketing, AB Vassilopoulos...
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BOPIS - Hot Rotisserie Chicken - The Impossible Dream?
April 14th - 2pm UK
Past
Selling Rotisserie Chicken Through Online Grocery
Kayla Gragg, Director, Associate Product Innovation...
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Food Waste and Markdown Group - 2D Expiry Date Visibility Update
April 14th - 12pm UK Time
Past
Retailer, Producer and Brand Owner Updates
Oliver Teschl, Supply Chain & Ordering, Metro Digital...
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Food Waste - Accountabilities and KPI's matter
March 17th - 1pm
Past
Who owns food waste in your business and what are the store KPI's?
Colin Peacock...
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Prompted Expiry Date Checking Capability - Case Studies
February 24th - 1pm UK Time
Past
Unleashing Productivity and Reducing Waste Through Prompted Date Checking Apps
Andrew Hudson, Waste Process Manager, Asda Stores...
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Bakery Waste - The Latest Initiatives
Nov 18th - 3pm UK Time
Past
Baking Out Waste on Bakery
Mari Kristine Kasbo, Category Manager, Meny AS...
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Dry Misting - The Business Case
Nov 18th - 1.30pm UK Time
Past
How Dry Misting Can Help Sell More and Waste Less
Angela Blaauw and Nienke Weidema, Albert Heijn....
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Self Service Markdowns
Nov 18th - 12pm UK Time
Past
A new way to execute markdowns?
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss Group...
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Expiry Date Based Pricing - The Case Against
Nov 17th - 3pm UK Time
Past
The Case for NOT marking down
Andrew Edwards, Iceland...
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True Cost of Food Waste - Model Launch
Nov 17th - 1.30pm UK Time
Past
What does it really cost to "waste" food?
Professor Lisa Jack, University of Portsmouth...
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Expiry Date Visibility - Retailer Updates
Nov 17th - 12pm UK Time
Past
Expiry Date Visibility - The Holy Grail of Food Waste in Retail?
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss Group...
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Smart Fridges - Less Food Waste
Sept 15th - 1pm UK Time
Past
Smart Fridges - Less Food Waste
Coop UK...
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ECR Retail Loss [Virtual] First Dates - Part 2!
July 21st - 1pm BST
Past
Food Waste Action Plans
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss Group...
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ECR Retail Loss [Virtual] First Dates
June 23rd - 1pm BST
Past
Food Waste Action Plans
Colin Peacock, ECR Retail Loss Group...
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Managing Surplus Food - Tesco & Olio Success Story
Thursday May 20th - 3pm BST
Past
Managing Surplus Food in New Ways
Ben Dingley, Tesco, Saasha Celestial-One...
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The Business Case for Smart Labels at X5
Thursday May 20th - 1.30pm BST
Past
The Business Case for Smart Labels in Fresh
Leonid Tsvetkov, X5...
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Retailer Case Study - Towards Zero Food Waste
Thursday May 20th - 12pm BST
Past
Zero Food Waste in Store
Robert Delahunty, Mark Van Den Bosch, Woolworths Australia...
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True Cost of Food Waste - A new costing model
Wednesday May 19th - 3pm BST
Past
True Cost of Food Waste - Costing Model
Professor Lisa Jack, University of Portsmouth...
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Machine learning to Sell More and Waste Less
Weds May 19th - 1.30pm BST
Past
Using ML to improve store ordering
Ramesh Reddy, CIO, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market...
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Food Waste & Markdown Budget Ownership
Wednesday May 19th - 12pm BST
Past
Food Waste and Markdown KPI's
Elizabeth Harris, Morrisons, Huw Davies...
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Managing Food Waste in Online Grocery
April 21st - 2pm GMT
Past
New Thinking on How to Manage Food Waste in online grocery
Camilla Olver, www.nemlig.com...
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Sell More, Waste Less - A Deep Dive on Bananas
February 24th - 2pm GMT
Past
Bananas – new thinking on how to sell more and waste less.
John Hopkins, General Manager, Importations; and Julie Cournoyer...
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Prompted Expiry Date Checking
January 27th - 2pm GMT
Past
Exploring the use of new data systems to unlock productivity and improve compliance
Erik Falbe, Coopnord, Andrew Hudson...
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Near Expiry Date Sales Apps
November 19th - 3pm GMT
Past
Retailer case studies on Flashfood, TooGoodToGo and Gander app trials
Frank Fuksa, Lidl, Andrew Holmes...
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Fresh Planning Compliance
November 19th - 1.30pm GMT
Past
Insights from Kroger and Walmart on delivering improved compliance to production plans
Kayla Gragg (Walmart Fresh) and Troy Harding (Kroger)...
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Reducing Food Waste Through Expiry Date Visibility
November 19th - 12pm GMT
Past
Insights on the use of "grabbing" assumptions in forecasting and 2D data embedded bar code trials
Prof Karel Van Donselaar, Richard Plunkett, Woolworths...
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Start Up Showcase
November 18th - 3pm GMT
Past
The hottest food waste and markdown start-ups pitch to the retailer "sharks"
Jeremy Basset, CEO, Co:Cubed Innovation...
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Managing Food Waste in the Pandemic
November 18th - 1.30pm
Past
How smart replen systems coped [or not] and impact on waste
Christopher Hill, Food Cloud...
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A recipe to reduce food waste and loss - Sonae Case Study
November 18th - 12pm - GMT
Past
Lessons in delivering a step change in food waste prevention
Pedro Lago, Director: Sustainability, Sonae...
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