Japan Convenience Stores Looking to Reduce Food Waste

Economy

Tokyo, May 20 (Jiji Press)--Major Japanese convenience store chains are speeding up efforts to reduce food loss, mainly the disposal of still-edible food items left unsold.

The companies are aiming to reduce food waste through such measures as virtual markdowns for "bento" boxed meals nearing their consume-by dates.

The moves come amid frayed relations between chain operators and some franchisees over whether to keep shops running around the clock. Measures to reduce food loss are expected to lower waste disposal costs and help boost the stores' profitability.

The franchisers generally do not recommend discounting bento meals or other food items nearing the end of their shelf lives, as such moves may slow sales at their original prices.

With most franchise stores refraining from such discounts, large volumes of leftover food products go to waste.

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