Spoiler Alert Blog | Food Waste

3 common beliefs that prevent brands from leveraging closeout sales

Spoiler AlertNov 8, 2018

Businesses with best-in-class shrink management programs know that a holistic, coordinated food waste diversion strategy drives more value than a piecemeal, one-off approach. At Spoiler Alert, we...

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Topics: liquidation, discount retail, food brand

Sizing up food waste reduction: 4 factors to consider

Spoiler AlertAug 21, 2018

At Spoiler Alert, we spend a lot of time thinking about how food distribution businesses can create value through waste reduction, and the unique characteristics of each distribution center that...

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Topics: liquidation, unsold inventory, food brand

The 2018 U.S. Food Waste Summit: Our Reflections

Spoiler AlertJul 17, 2018

In late June, over 350 professionals with a vested interest in solving the United States’ food waste problem gathered at the Harvard Law School for the U.S. Food Waste Summit, hosted by Harvard’s...

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Topics: sustainability, policy

Three emerging technologies that help reduce on-farm food waste

Spoiler AlertJun 5, 2018

When food industry stakeholders discuss where waste occurs from ‘farm to fork’, there tends to be a lot of focus on the ‘fork’ side of the equation. This is valid, as nearly 80% of food waste...

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Topics: supply chain

HelloFresh tackles food waste in the U.S.

Spoiler AlertApr 17, 2018

HelloFresh is the world’s leading meal kit company, delivering more than a million meals a week in the U.S. alone.  By providing pre-portioned, fresh ingredients directly to consumers, the company...

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Topics: sustainability, donation, food brand, Customer Spotlights

Three case studies on effective management of unsold food inventory

Spoiler AlertMar 22, 2018

In a few months, Spoiler Alert will celebrate its three-year anniversary. When Emily, Ricky, and Marty first started the company, it was their shared interest in applying technology to a complex...

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Topics: sustainability, donation, Customer Spotlights

How holistic management of unsold food inventory drives business value

Nate ClarkFeb 27, 2018

It is difficult to engage in a conversation around food these days without diving in to the topic of food waste. The statistics for the U.S. are staggering — $218 billion spent on growing,...

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Topics: donation, unsold inventory, supply chain, food brand

Three 2018 trends that support unsold food inventory management

Spoiler AlertJan 26, 2018

With 2017 in the rearview, many of us are focused on driving progress in the year ahead. At Spoiler Alert, this means continuing to educate food manufacturers, wholesale distributors, and grocery...

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Topics: unsold inventory, supply chain, food brand

The ‘5 W’s and How’ for improving unsold food inventory management

Spoiler AlertDec 20, 2017

Starting at a young age, many of us are introduced to the series of questions — Where, What, Who, How, When, and Why? — that help one develop a complete story on a topic. Sometimes referred to as...

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Topics: unsold inventory, supply chain, food brand

4 key value chain strategies for reducing unsaleables

Spoiler AlertDec 8, 2017

Fifteen billion dollars. The estimated cost that food manufacturers, wholesale distributors, and grocery retailers spend each year on unsaleables, defined as product removed from the primary...

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Topics: unsold inventory, supply chain, food brand