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Most food losses are caused by the consumer – nearly 40 per cent in Germany. Distribution losses account for 40%. © highwaystarz / fotolia.com

If it’s still edible, it doesn’t belong in the bin

Packaging materials extend the shelf life of food

1.3 billion tonnes of global food loss per year

The Bumper Mark is a food expiry label that shows whether a product is still edible. © www.design-by-sol.com

The Bumper Mark is a food expiry label that shows whether a product is still edible. © www.design-by-sol.com

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To ensure product diversity and full shelves at all times, retailers often order more than they can actually sell. Deggendorf Technical College is working on a forecasting and material planning system (iPDS) which calculates “waste indicators” for fresh food, thus preventing unnecessary food loss.

Active packaging for an extended shelf life

Shops order more than they sell

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EU figures have shown that the share of food losses and waste is highest in the Netherlands. WWF Germany says that annual per-capita losses are nearly 600 kg. In Belgium this figure is lower, but still fairly high – 400 kg – and in Cyprus it is over 300 kg. Germany is number 18 in this ranking.

Tangible freshness with a special seal

As much as 10 million tonnes of food loss can be avoided in Germany – thanks to the right packaging. © Ivonne Wierink / fotolia.com

10 Millionen Tonnen Lebensmittelverluste können allein in Deutschland vermieden werden – unter anderem durch die richtige Verpackung. © Ivonne Wierink / fotolia.com

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