Insufficient training causes food waste in the manufacturing process

A recent study has come to a rather definitive solution as it pertains to food waste in the manufacturing process. Thankfully, the same study was able to identify the cause and a potential solution.

First, the study. In January 2019, researchers at Brunel University and Ghent University examined 47 food manufacturers in Belgium, attempting to find where the most food loss was found. When food waste occurred, almost 11% was due to human error. This reason was easily the highest cause of food waste.

The reasoning? According to the study, a lack of standardization, visual management or management supervision. A lack of set procedures or a standard of manufacturing led to this loss.

It’s also important to note that this food waste was not a small number: For every 35 tons of food produced, 1 ton was lost.

The Need For Training

The study identified numerous potential areas for both management and line production workers that can be potentially studied. These include:

  • Setting and adhering to standard procedures.
  • Identifying common errors and ways to prevent them.
  • Correct ways to switch out products, also identified as a key issue when it came to food waste.
  • Appropriate supervision tactics.
  • Appropriate measurement of food waste.

The study also noted that this issue was particularly prevalent at many smaller manufacturers. Unfortunately, this makes sense, as it is very possible that many of these smaller firms are unaware of just how much food they are wasting and may not have access to the tools available which can better train workers.

Thankfully, the same study identified a possible solution to this issue: Increased management supervision and training within the food process.

Numerous training modules already exist that would allow for this training to be conducted. E-learning and online training can be ideal for these situations, and particularly appropriate during the COVID-19 outbreak that has shut down large swaths of the world economy. Indeed, E-learning can be ideal for many of these training opportunities, providing that online training is followed up with practical demonstrations.

This type of training comes with numerous benefits. It can be done at any time, in any place, ensuring that typical barriers to training are removed. It can be done on a massive scale and for as many employees as a manufacturer chooses. It is also cost-effective and can be done for an employer’s entire workforce at the fraction of a cost of in-person training.

As we specialize in trusted e-learning solutions for the food industry, we can help reduce your food waste with effective e-learning. Please contact us.