Analysis of waste in the vegetable value chain / Analysis of waste in the vegetable value chain




Rakel Halldórsdóttir, Ólafur Reykdal, Valur Norðri Gunnlaugsson

Supported by:

Matvælasjóður / Icelandic Food Innovation Fund


Ólafur Reykdal

Project Manager

The subject of this report is a discussion of waste in the wood chain of vegetables and ways to reduce it. The work was part of the project Increased quality, shelf life and less waste in the value chain of Icelandic vegetables, but the project was funded by the Food Fund in 2021.

The topics were as follows: (1) An overview of existing knowledge on food waste in Iceland was compiled. (2) Observations were made on supply chains and selected stores. Temperatures were measured in store refrigerators and sirites were used to record temperatures during the transport of vegetables. The parties concerned have received suggestions and had the possibility of corrections. (3) A survey of attitudes towards vegetable waste was carried out by parties outside the vegetable value chain. Information from all parties was compiled and solutions and innovation possibilities were identified. (4) A test was carried out on the processing of unsaleable vegetables and various methods for such utilization were identified.

In this report the waste in the Icelandic vegetable value chain is discussed
and possible solutions are suggested. The work was a part of a project on
improved quality, shelf-life and reduced waste in the Icelandic value
The following aspects were studied: (1) State of knowledge regarding food
waste in Iceland. (2) Examinations and temperature measurements under
transportation of vegetables and in supermarkets. (3) Investigation of
views towards waste of vegetables. (4) Possible product development
using vegetables otherwise wasted.

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