No Time to Waste: Industry Group Calls for Action

One of the most noticeable, yet difficult to measure, industry trends of the past year has been the tendency to turn to collaboration and tackle industry-wide issues. The Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) is a shining example of such partnerships. Facilitated by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the National Restaurant Association (NRA), FWRA was formed in 2011 by a group of retailers and food manufacturers committed to reducing food waste not just within their own organizations, but across the entire food sector.

FWRA recently produced a "Best Practices and Emerging Solutions Toolkit," a guide that outlines tactics for overcoming obstacles such as liability and supply chain issues; addresses new technologies for recycling; and offers strategic planning to help change a food waste culture. One of the toolkit's most valuable features is the inclusion of insights from companies that have enacted the outlined strategies. These case studies speak to the unique concerns and challenges of food manufacturers, retailers and foodservice companies. To download the free toolkit and learn more about FWRA, visit


In 2013, FWRA released an initial study to gain better understanding of the factors contributing to industry food waste and to establish baseline metrics for food industry measurement.

Jeanne vonZastrow is senior director, sustainability, FMI.
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