Supply Chain Research

In countries around the world, supermarkets and their suppliers routinely dump their waste and responsibilities on those further down the supply chain. Transferring financial risk from the market, they force farmers who grow food for us to throw away vast quantities of good edible food. Have a look at the following reports to discover more:

Feedback’s own reports:

In 2016, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation Feedback conducted extensive research into supply chain food waste in Peru, Senegal, South Africa, the UK and a major European port. The report’s findings show a concentration of power in the groceries sector has allowed supermarkets to dictate the terms and conditions by which food is grown, harvested, and transported, and that this concentration of power has given supermarkets the power to force suppliers to waste food through stringent cosmetic specifications and unfair rejections of food. Read the full report here.

We also produced country specific reports examining mangos in Senegal and  food waste amidst water scarcity in Peru. Click the links below to view the full reports.

Lost potential: mango loss and waste in Senegal

Food waste in Peru amidst water scarcity

Feedback’s report “Food waste in Kenya: Uncovering food waste in the horticultural export supply chain” revealed that Kenyan farmers are being subjected to unfair trading practices such as last minute cancellation of orders and unnecessarily strict cosmetic standards by European retail buyers resulting in massive amounts of food waste.

Feedback’s position papers

As an organisation on the forefront of the campaign to end food waste, Feedback is regularly consulted on policy positions.

Feedback position paper on the EC Circular Economy Consultation

Consultation on the EU Circular Economy

Submission to the EFRA committee inquiry into food waste

Supplementary evidence to the EFRA committee inquiry into food waste

Environmental and economic data supporting the review of the ban on feeding meat-containing surplus food to omnivores for the Committee on Climate Change


Contributions to other work:

Feedback’s contribution to Envisioning a future without food waste and food poverty: societal challengesdraws on our research in Kenya with a focus on the distinction between food waste and food losses. The report includes work from academics from fifteen countries and different disciplines and discusses proposals and strategies in order to respond to the desire for a world without waste or food poverty. This report was the result of a conference of the same name held in Bilbao in October 2015.






A report for the Make Fruit Fair! campaign “Banana value chains in Europe and the consequences of Unfair Trading Practices”  shows how increasing market power and Unfair Trading Practices of European supermarkets affect banana small farmers and plantation workers. Feedback contributed to this report by conducting a two-week research trip to Costa Rica which provided photographs and documented case studies from the banana and pinapple industries.





Link To Link The All Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group report “Link To Link: Driving resource efficiency across supply chains” calls for the UK to move towards a system where the entire supply chain of products employs the circular model. Feedback’s case-study into unfair trading practices reflects on the need for regulation over the relationship between retailers and their indirect suppliers to ensure a more sustainable, equitable and circular food system.