Reducing food waste is essential if we want to create a more sustainable food system, which is why halving per capita food waste by 2030 has been included in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The main aim of this paper is to demonstrate that by using digital tools to monitor food provisioning and management within canteens, it is possible to achieve a more sustainable food service management within industrial companies and to reduce the overall quantity and environmental impacts of food preparation and consumption thus achieving economic benefits. Longitudinal 2018 and 2019 data collected from the canteen of a major Italian food production company were analyzed. The results showed that the amount of food lost and wasted has decreased over time, reaping important environmental benefits and illustrating specific differences between the food lost in meal preparation and the food left on employees' plates. It is therefore important to implement education initiatives and to use digital tools to share food-related data collected within companies among both employees and kitchen and catering staff in order to raise awareness of their behavioral strengths and weaknesses. From this perspective, new interventions at both kitchen and customer/worker levels are introduced and discussed.
Principato, L., Marchetti, S., Barbanera, M., Ruini, L., Capoccia, L., Comis, C., et al. (2023). Introducing digital tools for sustainable food supply management: Tackling food loss and waste in industrial canteens. JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY, 27(4), 1060-1075 [10.1111/jiec.13391].