Quotation Gruber, Verena, Holweg, Christina, Teller, Christoph. 2016. What a Waste! Exploring the Human Reality of Food Waste from the Store Manager's Perspective . Journal of Public Policy and Marketing JPP&M 35 (1), 3-25.




Food waste is a major problem in industrialized nations, and thus a better understanding of this phenomenon and its inherent complexity is imperative. As gatekeeper to the food supply chain, the retail and wholesale sector is a crucial actor in the pursuit of minimizing food waste. The authors draw on the perspective of marketing as exchange to provide a holistic exploration of food waste in retail and wholesale stores while taking account of the interconnectedness of the entire food supply chain. Through 32 semi-structured interviews with store managers, the authors shed light on the issues of food waste and its human reality. The findings reveal the questionable ethics of discarding food, the societal, regulatory and systemic constraints leading to the occurrence of food waste in stores, and the resulting moral burden on store managers. Building on these factors, the authors outline public policy recommendations along the areas of education and law and provide managerial recommendations for the better management of food waste. Keywords: food waste, food, exchange systems, retail, well-being


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Public Policy and Marketing JPP&M
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new INF-A, MAR-B, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title What a Waste! Exploring the Human Reality of Food Waste from the Store Manager's Perspective
Volume 35
Number 1
Year 2016
Page from 3
Page to 25
Reviewed? Y
URL http://journals.ama.org/doi/10.1509/jppm.14.095
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1509/jppm.14.095


Food Waste in Retailing
Holweg, Christina (Details)
Gruber, Verena (HEC Montréal, Canada)
Teller, Christoph (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
Institute for Retailing & Data Science IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5320 Marketing (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
5407 Ethics and social sciences (Details)
5427 Poverty research, social exclusion (Details)
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