A Participatory Approach to Minimizing Food Waste in the Food Industry—A Manual for Managers

Uploaded by: Strotmann, Christina
Uploaded on: 19th December 2017
Author(s): Strotmann, Christina; Göbel, Christine; Friedrich, Silke; Kreyenschmidt, Judith; Ritter, Guido; Teitscheid, Petra

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Based on their experiences gained in 15 companies in the catering sector and the bakery industry, the authors present a participatory concept to reduce food waste in the food industry. This five-phase concept, adapted to the PDCA (Plan–Do–Check–Act) cycle applied in the Total Quality Management, involves a participatory approach where employees are integrated into the process of developing and implementing measures to counteract food waste. The authors describe how the participatory approach can be used to raise awareness of the topic of food waste to improve employee commitment and responsibility. As a result, the authors further offer a Manual for Managers wishing to reduce food waste in their respective organisations. This manual includes information on the methodologies applied in each step of the improvement cycle. It also describes why the steps are necessary, and how results can be documented. The participatory concept and the Manual for Managers contribute to reducing food waste and to enhancing resource efficiency in the food industry.

Contact name: Christina Strotmann
Contact email: Christina.Strotmann@fh-muenster.de