July 2, 2023

ReFED's New Estimates on Food Waste in the United States: 2020-2021, Trends, and COVID-19 Impact

Asch Hardwood, Selena Mao, Minnie Ringland, and Jeffery Zurita
Robert Hoffman

Brief Description

This blog provides an in-depth analysis of food waste statistics across the U.S. food system during 2020 and 2021. Using newly updated methods, the blog discusses various aspects of food waste, including the total volume of surplus food, how different sectors contribute to the issue, the environmental impact of food waste, and how the pandemic affected the scenario. Furthermore, it presents a variety of possible solutions to mitigate this issue and emphasizes the urgent need for data-driven strategies in the fight against food waste.

Why it Resonates with Hoff's Hub

This blog resonates deeply with Hoff's Hub's philosophy and operations for several reasons:

  • We prioritize minimizing food waste: At Hoff's Hub, we are acutely aware of the significant economic, social, and environmental implications of food waste, and we actively incorporate strategies to minimize it within our operations.
  • Our dedication to data-driven solutions: Hoff's Hub shares ReFED's commitment to leveraging data and insights to make informed decisions and strategies, especially concerning waste reduction.
  • Our shared vision for a more sustainable food system: Hoff's Hub and ReFED both strive for a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive food system that makes optimal use of resources and minimizes environmental impact.

Hoff’s Hub Approach 

At Hoff's Hub, we actively integrate the insights discussed in this blog into our operations and services:

  • Minimizing Surplus: Understanding that 45% of surplus food was fit for human consumption at the time of disposal, Hoff's Hub has developed precise forecasting techniques and adjusts order volumes to reduce surplus generation. Additionally, any surplus food is redirected to local food banks and charities where possible.
  • Reducing Household Food Waste: Noting that households generated nearly half of all surplus food, we offer our customers a variety of portion sizes to prevent over-portioning and subsequent waste. We also provide tips and education on proper food management practices.
  • Adopting Data-Driven Strategies: In line with ReFED's emphasis on data-driven solutions, we continuously analyze our operational data to identify waste hotspots and devise targeted strategies for reduction.
  • Encouraging Sustainable Food Choices: Given that meat, seafood, dairy, and eggs contribute significantly to surplus food emissions, Hoff's Hub promotes a range of plant-based alternatives and provides information on the environmental benefits of these choices.
  • Investing in Prevention Solutions: Acknowledging the fact that prevention and rescue solutions can offer the most substantial greenhouse gas benefits, we continuously invest in strategies and technologies that prevent surplus from occurring in the first place.

This blog provides a wealth of knowledge that reinforces Hoff's Hub's commitment to reducing food waste and enhancing sustainability in our operations. As we continue to learn and grow, we look forward to implementing more of these insights and contributing to a more sustainable food system.

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