IKEA owners Ingka Group has cut its food waste 54% since 2017

The company relied on an AI tool to help match supply to demand.

Food & farming

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Ingka Group, owners of most IKEA furniture stores, announced recently that it met its 2017 goal of reducing food waste in IKEA in-store restaurants by half by the end of 2022. According to spokespeople, the company’s waste reduction efforts have saved more than 20 million meals, avoided 36,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents, and saved $37 million. The company’s success is largely thanks to the adoption of an artificial intelligence tool, Winnow Vision, that helps food preparers better tailor quantities to demand. The company plans to continue to address food waste as well as other types of waste along its supply chain.

If you’re working to follow the example of companies like IKEA and reduce food waste in your operations, check out our resource, The Fight Against Food Waste: What we can learn from 10 leaders tackling food waste along the supply chain, for case studies and more detail on what you can do, depending on the role you play in the food supply chain.

Just looking to cut food waste in your own life? Here are tips on How to Save Food and Prevent Waste and 10 tips for reducing food waste in your child’s lunch this school year.


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