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Aicha Jellil- PhD student- Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART)

  • Speaker Bio:

    Aicha Jellil is a PhD student at the Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART) at Loughborough University. Her research aims to develop strategic solutions for manufacturers and retailers to support the minimisation of consumer food waste.

    Previously, she completed her MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Lancaster University and a BSc in Engineering and Management Sciences at Al Akhawayn University. She has also lead several consultancy projects for different companies including Jaguar Land Rover.

    Presentation Title:

    Minimising Consumer Food Waste – How can data analysis and IT help?

    Presentation Synopsis:

    Globally, 40% of food waste is created at the retail and consumer stages in the developed countries. In the UK, 47% of food waste is post-consumer, making food consumption the largest single contributor towards food waste. The environmental and economic impacts associated with consumer food waste (CFW) are considerably higher in comparison to agricultural and manufacturing waste, due to the significant amount of resources used to produce the final food products. Thus, there is a need to develop strategies, technologies and supporting tools to encourage a more efficient and environmentally sustainable consumption. This research asserts that manufacturers and retailers can play a crucial role in minimising CFW through consumer engagement and provision of smart solutions that ensure more efficient use of food products. Supporting manufacturers and retailers to minimise CFW can be achieved via two stages: a) understanding and evaluating data and information surrounding CFW, and b) identifying improvements to manufacturing and retail activities that would reduce CFW. Targeting manufacturing and retail activities in this way could result in a systematic and substantial reduction in food waste, as they hold a powerful role in controlling the flow of food from the producers to the end consumers.

     

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