Supermarkets in UAE offer ways to curb food waste

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Supermarkets, UAE, ways, curb, food waste

The hypermarket chain has been helping its customers shop smart by offering pre-packaged essential items or Ramadan kits.

By Nandini Sircar

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Published: Tue 28 Apr 2020, 5:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 28 Apr 2020, 10:25 PM

Supermarkets in the UAE have been collaborating with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment to curb food wastage that is sometimes witnessed during Ramadan.
"We work closely with the authorities and the shopping communities so we can help reduce food wastage," said Nandkumar V, chief communications officer, Lulu Group.
The hypermarket chain has been helping its customers shop smart by offering pre-packaged essential items or Ramadan kits.
This way, they can "avoid overbuying and reduce food waste".
"We have also been working closely with the MoCCAE, encouraging our customers to learn the best ways to eat healthy and prevent wastage through our social media platforms," Nandkumar said.
Reinforcing the idea that bulk-buying is not required as the UAE ensured food security, Kamal Vachani, group director of Almaya Group, said: "Customers should know that all our supermarkets are well stocked with FMCG products."
A US study has shown that bulk-buyers have been throwing away more food than those who buy groceries more frequently.
In the UAE, "there is no need for hoarding or excessive buying as there is no threat of any supply chain disruption", Vachani said.
Echoing similar sentiments, Bharati Vatnani who is the head of procurement and marketing at West Zone Supermarket, said: "We have enough stocks and all shipments are as per schedule. We also have regular promotional offers so we see no reason for bulk-buying."
nandini@khaleejtimes.com 



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