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Food waste management in the catering industry: enablers and interrelationship

Zepeng, Wu, Mohammed, Ahmed and Harris, Irina ORCID: 2021. Food waste management in the catering industry: enablers and interrelationship. Industrial Marketing Management 94 , pp. 1-18. 10.1016/j.indmarman.2021.01.019

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Food waste has a wide range of negative implications on the environment, economy and society and it is a concern for the catering industry and a growing percentage of the population. This work investigates the main root causes of food waste, in the catering industry, based on data collected from 32 businesses located in Wales, UK. The research uses multi-criteria decision making methods (Analytic Hierarchy Process and Decision Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory), to analyse the degrees of importance and interrelationships of food waste enablers using holistic cause and effect diagrams and priority ranking. The analysis identifies critical food waste enablers in different dimensions (procurement and storage, processing, operation strategy, people and consumer) for various business outlets. Those causes can be addressed with limited resources and create the maximum value for the business and environment. The methodology could be used as a strategic tool by businesses in daily operations by managing and controlling identified root causes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0019-8501
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 February 2021
Date of Acceptance: 26 January 2021
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 17:39

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