Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Why are these Foods Stolen? - Economics 15

Fig 01- One of biggest groceries in the USA, Walmart.

All of us might know that groceries face loss of their foods selling in some degree due to spoilage.

In respect to economic value, the food waste costs US$ 15 billion every year as estimated by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA, 2020). The estimate was applied to supermarket or groceries only.

If we see the total food lost per year in America, the estimated amounts to US$ 162 billion annually.

Food lost has occurred in many stages of food chains, include in the following levels of:

- producers (farmers)
- sellers (groceries and supermarkets)
- food service (restaurants)
- consumers (households)
- transportation
- storage.


Fig 02- Cheese in Walmart


Fig 03- Chocolates sold in a grocery


Fig 04- Fresh meat in the market.

How about the food lost in the world? Sure, much more compared to USA in term of percentage and economic value.

What quite surprising me that food loss is due to stolen by customers!

There are long list of foods stolen worldwide, some of most shoplift items are:

- cheese
- fresh meat
- chocolate
- alcohol
- seafood
- infant formula

The question then: Why are these foods stolen?

Quick and simple answer is that they are “lucrative goods,” especially in developing countries.

23 comments:

  1. It's sad when people or companies waste food, they are so many who would benefit from it. I seen a program on dumpster diving where people took out the good food and it was still packaged and redistributed to organizations that would get to the people who needed it.

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  2. Very interesting informations.

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      Why are these Foods Stolen? - Economics 15
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      Fig 01- One of biggest groceries in the USA, Walmart.
      All of us might know that groceries face loss of their foods selling in some degree due to spoilage.

      In respect to economic value, the food waste costs US$ 15 billion every year as estimated by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA, 2020). The estimate was applied to supermarket or groceries only.

      If we see the total food lost per year in America, the estimated amounts to US$ 162 billion annually.

      Food lost has occurred in many stages of food chains, include in the following levels of:

      - producers (farmers)
      - sellers (groceries and supermarkets)
      - food service (restaurants)
      - consumers (households)
      - transportation
      - storage.

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  3. ...I have never thought about this.

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  4. Interesting. Stealing to sell I imagine

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      Fig 02- Cheese in Walmart

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  5. The grocery store near me regularly donates most food approaching its sell date to area food banks.

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  6. This is really sad. Also, I imagine it would be hard -- not to mention smelly -- to smuggle seafood.

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    1. you are right


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      Fig 03- Chocolates sold in a grocery

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  7. Food waste is a sin! Stealing is not cool, but at least they didn't get wasted.

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  8. Mai sprecare cibo, piuttosto regalarlo a chi ha bisogno....

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      Why are these Foods Stolen? - Economics 15
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      Fig 04- Fresh meat in the market.

      How about the food lost in the world? Sure, much more compared to USA in term of percentage and economic value.

      What quite surprising me that food loss is due to stolen by customers!

      There are long list of foods stolen worldwide, some of most shoplift items are:

      - cheese
      - fresh meat
      - chocolate
      - alcohol
      - seafood
      - infant formula

      The question then: Why are these foods stolen?

      Quick and simple answer is that they are “lucrative goods,” especially in developing countries.

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  9. In some European countries law forbids supermarkets to throw food away, they have to give all the food that isn't fresh anymore to the kitchens that cook food for the poor.

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  10. In Sweden they steal even istant Coffee powder :-0

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    1. wow.... surprising!


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      Why are these Foods Stolen? - Economics 15
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      Fig 01- One of biggest groceries in the USA, Walmart.

      All of us might know that groceries face loss of their foods selling in some degree due to spoilage.

      In respect to economic value, the food waste costs US$ 15 billion every year as estimated by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA, 2020). The estimate was applied to supermarket or groceries only.

      If we see the total food lost per year in America, the estimated amounts to US$ 162 billion annually.

      Food lost has occurred in many stages of food chains, include in the following levels of:

      - producers (farmers)
      - sellers (groceries and supermarkets)
      - food service (restaurants)
      - consumers (households)
      - transportation
      - storage.

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  11. In our country, food chains dedicate food to the end of life of food banks.

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  12. J'ai des grosses poubelles au bout de ma rue et il y a souvent des aliments neufs jetés, une fois j'ai récupéré des pommes!
    Bonne soirée

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    1. Yes, some people just throw away their foods if they don't like its


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      Fig 02- Cheese in Walmart

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  13. Stealing foods issue is not correct but it happens alot here. Especially securing of baby feeding products are big problem for the markets owner

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  14. what I find scary is the amount of food that is thrown away in supermarkets and homes

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    1. the number growing every year....


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      Fig 03- Chocolates sold in a grocery

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  15. Tanza, Having been in charge of Loss Prevention/Security Operations for several retailers over the years...grocery and general merchandise included...I can assure you that if it can be stolen, determined thieves will steal it! Add razor blades, health and beauty items, over the counter drug items, coffee and more. I have see a woman steal 6 ribeye steaks by 'crotching' them between her legs and walking out of the store... Booster girdles are also used. Organized gangs of retail shoplifters work for fences and intermediaries to steal and then resell the goods. In general merchandise stores, electronics are probably the hottest target for thieves. Waste is sad but both waste and theft cost all of us hundreds of dollars every year via increased prices as retailers pass on the costs of the losses. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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