Food Waste in Poland – Typology of Households

Magdalena Ankiel , Urszula Samotyja


Food waste is a widespread issue posing a challenge to global food security and environmental governance. Causes of food waste on the level of wholesalers and retailers, food services, and households involve a wide range of issues including awareness, knowledge, attitudes, preferences, portion size, planning, socio-economic factors, labelling, packaging, handling, storage, stock management, logistics and expectations of a retail chain concerning product quality and shelf life. Among the key reasons for wasting food in households, first of all, non-consumption of the product in a timely manner is given, which results in its deterioration or expiration. In the article, the authors present the results of a study on consumer behavior regarding food waste in households in Poland (N=1070). The focus was on the analysis of the frequency of throwing out purchased food and on identifying the causes of throwing out food by consumers in Poland in relation to consumer segmentation variables (such as age, material status, education and the number of people in the household). The results of the study made it possible to carry out typologies of households that waste food in Poland. The frequency scale and reasons for throwing food out by Polish consumers clearly indicate that they have very low awareness of the problem of food waste. Food waste in Poland is a big ethical, economic and social problem.
Author Magdalena Ankiel (WT / KMP)
Magdalena Ankiel,,
- Department of Product Marketing
, Urszula Samotyja (WT / KTAS)
Urszula Samotyja,,
- Department of Food Commodity Science
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Book Soliman Khalid S. (eds.): Education Excellence and Innovation Management: A 2025 Vision to Sustain Economic Development during Global Challenges. Proceedings of the 35th International Business Information Management Association Conference (IBIMA), 2020, International Business Information Management Association , ISBN 978-0-9998551-4-1, 17001 p.
Keywords in Polishmarnotrawienie żywności, znakowanie żywności, termin trwałości żywności, zachowania konsumentów, decyzje nabywcze
Keywords in EnglishFood Waste; Food Labelling; Food Purchase; Shelf Life Labelling; Expiration; Food Waste Reducing; Consumption Behavior
Languageen angielski
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