Food Waste and Rescue in Israel Report

The Food Waste and Rescue in Israel Report

What does the report cover?

The Food Waste and Rescue in Israel Report, being published for the third year by Leket Israel and the consulting firm BDO, addresses the problem of food waste in Israel in a variety of sectors. The inaugural report focused on food waste in the agricultural sector and the second publication of the report emphasized food waste in the institutional sector (hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, etc.). This year’s report focuses on food waste in the retail sector (retails chains, supermarkets, local groceries, open markets etc.).

What is the issue of food waste?

Food waste occurs when food that is fit for human consumption is destroyed or allowed to spoil instead of being eaten. Food loss occurs at all stages of food manufacturing from production, storage, packaging and processing, to the retail and consumption stages.

The 2017 Leket Israel BDO Food Waste and Rescue in Israel report estimates that 33% of all food produced in Israel each year is wasted, a total of approximately 2.3 million tons equivalent to NIS 19.5 billion. Of that, 1.1 million tons is salvageable and fit for human consumption, the equivalent of NIS 7 billion.

What causes this loss?

Food with a short shelf life, aesthetic defects in the product, the packaging and the marketing process.

We hope that the report will motivate decision makers in Israel to move from not just making declarations but to taking actions; formulating and implementing a national policy that will bring about serious change in food rescue in Israel.

What are the report’s main conclusions?

For the first time, the 2017 report includes a detailed model for estimating food loss in the retail and distribution sectors (retail chains, open markets, neighborhood grocery stores, and small retailers). The total loss of food in this sector amounts to 400,000 tons this year, at a value of NIS 4.2 billion. The extent of the loss of rescuable food in this sector is approximately NIS 3 billion, which constitutes about half of the total of food loss in Israel.