Brown bananas, rotten strawberries and wrinkled grapes are common reasons for farmers, distributors, retailers and consumers to throw out food. Every year, 380,000 tonnes of food and drink are thrown out in Scotland, which costs the Scottish public over £1 billion annually. Scotland wastes 62,000 tonnes of vegetables every year due to its perishability. Fruit waste is worth £70 million, of which apples account for 9,600 tonnes of waste a year.
Food waste is a global issue and there are many investments being made to reduce food waste on a global level. One innovation is a product for farmers and retailers that provides a protective layer for perishable produce, such as fruits and vegetables. Made from natural and plant-based by-products, the edible product, called ‘Edipeel’, extends shelf life and freshness without refrigeration, reducing food waste and contributing to a more sustainable future.