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    Every solution in the Roadmap is an opportunity for business and technology innovation for entrepreneurs.

    Key Entrepreneur Actions

    • Top priority opportunities include: packaging and labeling, IT-enabled transportation and storage, logistics software, value-added compost products and distributed recycling solutions.
    • Business model innovation is needed to develop new models to share risk and rewards for food waste reductions across the supply chain to overcome split incentives.

    Key Entrepreneurs Solutions

    Top Rated Solution:
    Most Meals Recovered

    Donation Matching Software

    Using technology platforms to connect individual food donors with recipient organizations to reach smaller-scale food donations

    $2,879 /ton
    in financial benefit

    150 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    250 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    555 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    72 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

    Learn How >

    Improved Inventory Management

    Improvements in the ability of retail inventory management systems to track an average product’s remaining shelf-life (time left to sell an item) and inform efforts to reduce days on hand (how long an item has gone unsold)

    $1,194 /ton
    in financial benefit

    59 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    181 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    20 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

    Learn How >

    Top Rated Solution:
    Most Cost Effective

    Packaging Adjustments

    Modifying packaging sizes and designs to optimize consumer consumption and avoid residual container waste

    $3,443 /ton
    in financial benefit

    208 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    830 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    100 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

    Learn How >

    Produce Specifications (Imperfect Produce)

    Accepting and integrating the sale of off-grade produce (short shelf life, different size/shape/color), also known as "imperfect produce", into food business menu planning and product lines

    $1,039 /ton
    in financial benefit

    266 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    422 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    39 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

    Learn How >

    Spoilage Prevention Packaging

    Packaging technologies that actively slow fruit and meat spoilage through ethylene absorption and other techniques

    $2,326 /ton
    in financial benefit

    72 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    329 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    44 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

    Learn How >

    Top Rated Solution:
    Greatest GHG Reduction
    Most Water Saved

    Waste Tracking & Analytics

    Providing restaurants and food service providers with data on wasteful practices to inform behavioral and operational changes

    $2,282 /ton
    in financial benefit

    571 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    2,306 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    317 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

    Learn How >

    Tools for action

    The Roadmap demonstrates that achieving a 20% reduction in food waste will generate a positive financial, social, and environmental return on investment. To make that happen, crosscutting actions are needed in four areas. Click to learn more about each tool.

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