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U.S. manufacturing, retail and wholesale sectors barriers to recycling food 2013

This statistic illustrates the results of a written survey conducted by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance and the Business for Social Responsibility in 2013. Survey respondents of the manufacturing and retail and wholesale sector were asked regarding barriers that prevent their company from recycling unsaleable food. Some 58 percent of respondents operating in the retail and wholesale sector indicated that transportation constraints were a main barrier of recycling more unmerchantable food.

Barriers to recycling food of the U.S. manufacturing, retail and wholesale sector in 2013, by type

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Release date

June 2014


United States

Survey time period


Number of respondents

56 respondents

Special properties

Targeted group of FMI, GMA and NRA members*

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

* FMI = Food Marketing Institute, GMA = Grocery Manufacturers Association; NRA = National Restaurant Association
Multiple answers were possible.
Due to the limited number of conducted interviews, the results should be interpreted carefully.

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