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Food waste in the retail sector: A survey-based evidence from Central and Eastern Europe



This paper explores the issue of food waste in the Lithuanian retail sector. A questionnaire survey was designed in
order to collect the relevant data from both the largest retail chains with stores around the country and companies
with small-scale stores in rural areas. The present case is interesting as the literature on Central and
Eastern European countries is scarce in the sense of the quantification of food waste. In this paper, the amounts of
food waste among different food product categories are discussed and then extrapolated to approximate food
waste in retail trade for Lithuania by using sales revenue as a key parameter. The results suggest that food waste
in the Lithuanian retail sector amounts to 36.4 thousand tonnes or 13.0 kg per capita per year. Fruits and
vegetables account for more than a half (63%), whereas meat (products) come next representing some 9% of food
waste. Therefore, these products can be considered as the major targets for valorisation schemes and other
measures aimed at mitigation of food waste.


Kwywords: Food waste; Retail stores; Food products; Quantification.


Eičaitė, O.; Baležentis, T.; Ribašauskienė, E.; Morkūnas, M; Melnikienė, R.; Štreimikienė, D. 2022. Food waste in the retail sector: A survey-based evidence from Central and Eastern Europe. Journal of retailing and consumer services : Elsevier Ltd. ISSN 0969-6989. eISSN 1873-1384. 2022, 69, 103116, p. 1–9. DOI: 10.1016/j.jretconser.2022.103116. [Scopus; Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science)].




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