23 August 2018

One-third of fruit and vegetables thrown out due to look and size

OVER A THIRD OF FARMED FRUIT AND VEG DOESN’T GET SOLD DUE TO SIZE OR SHAPE, reports Food Manufacture.  According to a study by Edinburgh University, the equivalent of 50m tonnes of fresh fruit and veg across Europe is thrown out each year before it even makes it to the supermarket.  The food is discarded due to a combination of strict government regulations, supermarkets’ high standards and customer expectations.  In the UK, cosmetic grade-out losses were dominated by potatoes and carrots.  The report suggests that “greater awareness amongst consumers, and a movement towards shopping sustainably” could help the sale of “ugly” fruit and veg.