Allocation of total shelf life on a product
Reducing food waste is an overall goal in society. Food waste related to exceeding the limit values of shelf life between the parties in the value chain, constitutes a significant part.
Surveys shows that food waste are significantly reduced if the store and the consumer have a larger part of the total shelf life.
It is therefore a goal that the producer and distributor consume the least amount of available time and that the maximum amount of time is exposed to the consumer.
The grocery industry has defined one Table for allocation of shelf life of a product which regulates the responsibility for and expectations the recipient of products has, linked to shelf life.
In case of minor exceedances of the table’s limit values, participants are expected to seek solutions that provide the lowest possible food waste.
The parties are encouraged to develop performance and collaborate to reduce consumption of shelf life.