Logistical Causes of Food Waste: A Case Study of a Norwegian Distribution Chain of Chilled Food Products

  • Lukas Chabada
  • Cecilie Maria Damgaard
  • Heidi Carin Dreyer
  • Hans Henrik Hvolby
  • Iskra Dukovska-Popovska
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 438)


This study discusses logistical planning and handling activities contributing to food waste in the food distribution chain of chilled products with fixed shelf life and with an age dependent deterioration rate. The study has exploratory character and all the findings are based on the case study investigation from six Norwegian companies. The causes of food waste as identified in the case companies are grouped into four areas, namely planning decisions, data utilisation, execution of plan, and damaged products. Quantitative data indicates that for chilled products with fixed shelf life, logistical planning seems to have higher impact on financial losses from food waste than physical handling.


logistics causes food waste distribution chain chilled products 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lukas Chabada
    • 1
  • Cecilie Maria Damgaard
    • 2
  • Heidi Carin Dreyer
    • 1
  • Hans Henrik Hvolby
    • 2
    • 1
  • Iskra Dukovska-Popovska
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Production and Quality EngineeringNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Centre for Logistics, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing EngineeringAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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