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12/08/2023

Marjolein Buisman gives keynote speech @ KÜMPEM Retail Conference

Inventory dynamics at the retailer—An economic and environmental analysis of packaging fresh produce

On December 8, Assistant Professor Marjolein Buisman held a keynote at the 12th KÜMPEM Retail Conference.

In her talk, she explained the economic and environmental effects of packaging fresh produce. Using the examples of cucumber, tomatoes, and strawberries, she showed the trade-offs between extending the product's shelf life, thus reducing food waste levels, and the extra environmental impact occurring from the packaging materials. While reducing waste always has economic benefits for the retailer, the environmental gains due to waste reduction often outweigh the environmental impact of the packaging material, but this depends on the product–packaging combination.

If you are interested in knowing more, the paper is accessible here.

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