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What a Waste! Exploring the Human Reality of Food Waste from the Store Manager's Perspective

Gruber, Verena, Holweg, Christina and Teller, Christoph (2016) What a Waste! Exploring the Human Reality of Food Waste from the Store Manager's Perspective Journal of Public Policy and Marketing.

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Food waste is a major problem in industrialized nations, and thus a better understanding of this phenomenon and its inherent complexity is imperative. As gatekeeper to the food supply chain, the retail and wholesale sector is a crucial actor in the pursuit of minimizing food waste. The authors draw on the perspective of marketing as exchange to provide a holistic exploration of food waste in retail and wholesale stores while taking account of the interconnectedness of the entire food supply chain. Through 32 semi-structured interviews with store managers, the authors shed light on the issues of food waste and its human reality. The findings reveal the questionable ethics of discarding food, the societal, regulatory and systemic constraints leading to the occurrence of food waste in stores, and the resulting moral burden on store managers. Building on these factors, the authors outline public policy recommendations along the areas of education and law and provide managerial recommendations for the better management of food waste.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
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Date : 2016
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Depositing User : Christoph Teller
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 10:57
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 17:01

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