Data driven insights and solutions to food waste - with Katy Franklin of ReFED
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Katy Franklin is the Operations Director of ReFED - the only U.S. non-profit wholly dedicated to food waste reduction. It is a think tank that works with decision-makers across the food system to reduce food waste. 

ReFED’s work provides data-based insights and guidance on food waste and solutions to it.

They identify both systems level changes to improve outcomes at a national level and also practical measures to help individuals, businesses and other stakeholders make a meaningful impact on the problem of food waste.

Our conversation focusses for some time on ReFED’s 2016 Roadmap - which laid out a route to a 20% reduction in food waste within a decade - and also the online platform that will supersede the Roadmap, the Insights Engine (launching October 2020). If you are interested in the topic I really recommend you download the Roadmap for yourself to look into their findings further.

We cover lots of other ground, including:

  • The competitive advantage for businesses who adopt reduction policies
  • Why the benefits of reducing food waste are still as available to brands as ever
  • Why education has the biggest positive effect of all on the problem of food waste
  • What businesses serving food can do to educate their customers and other stakeholders

Katy has spent her career working on strategies and systems to effectively reduce food waste at all levels and has authored industry and academic research on food waste and opportunities to address it. I found it really interesting and informative talking to her and I’m sure you will enjoy listening to the conversation too.

To take any of the points we discuss further, the best place to start would be the ReFED website:

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