International specialised reefer group 360 Quality Association has announced that it has joined the United Nations Save Food Initiative, in a bid to to help make international food logistics more efficient, while also reducing waste in the international supply chain.
The UN food organisation FAO, under which Save Food is organised, estimates that globally up to 50 per cent of fruits and vegetables are lost between farm and fork, with transport and distribution potentially accounting for between 5 per cent and 20 per cent of the loss depending on the specific region of the world.
“Food should not be wasted in a world where shortage is just around the corner; yet too often it is," said Walter Wildoer, chairman of the 360 Quality Association. "We believe our members can help improve the food logistics chain. Extending shelf life and quality assurance is a no-brainer.
"In fact, with more than 150 Reefer ships certified for exemplary quality from six different operators and 16 service providers all over the world in all the right places, we think we can make a difference," he added. "It’s a moral thing, but for us it’s also a ‘Yes, we can!’“