U.S. share of consumer and retail food waste 2015, by category

This statistic shows the share of food wasted by consumers and from the retail sector in the United States in 2015, by food category. In that year, some 42 percent fruits and vegetables were thrown out in the consumer and retail sector.

Distribution of food waste from consumers and retail in the United States in 2015, by food type

Share of waste
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Release date

March 2016


United States

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

* While there is limited seafood wasted at the consumer level, large amounts of seafood are wasted during the production phase, with some estimates of up to 50% wasted as a result of seafood bycatch.

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