Refrigeration key to reducing food waste

A third or more of annual food production is never eaten, yet more than 50% of the wasted food could have its shelf-life extended by the cold chain.

This was one of the messages to come out of US air conditioning and refrigeration manufacturer Carrier’s World Cold Chain Summit to Reduce Food Waste in Singapore last month.

The conference, which was held for the first time in Asia, convened 131 delegates from 33 nations, including global leaders in the supply chain private sector, academia and government to discuss and develop scalable, sustainable solutions to expand and improve the cold chain to reduce food loss and waste.

Keynote speakers at the two-day conference included Dr Joseph Mpagalile, agro-food Industries officer, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO); Didier Coulomb, general director of the International Institute of Refrigeration; and Clementine O’Connor, sustainable food systems consultant, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) …

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