Mercabarna is stepping up its fight against food waste by commissioning a study to analyse the situation at the market and recommend solutions to keep losses to a minimum.
The work, which will be carried out by Barcelona’s Universidat Autònoma (UAB) and the Platform Aprofitem els Aliments (PPA), a non-profit organisation that has won the support of various representatives of the food chain and government, will be completed by the end off 2015.
It will look in-depth at the activity of all operators at the market – producers, wholesalers, distributors and foodservice operators – to find the main causes of food waste and come up with concrete proposals to reduce levels and improve the management of organic waste.
As one of the leading logistics operators in Southern Europe, Mercabarna is a key contributor to Catalonia’s food supply. The market currently recycles 72 per cent of its commercial waste.