In the Aisles with Nestlé
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Help the World by Saving Food

Grandma never let anything edible go to waste, and our generation is finally recognizing this idiosyncrasy for what it really is — a way to save money while doing your part for the planet.

Globally, about one-third of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste.1 It rots, gets lost in transport or is simply left on our plates. Grandma would consider this a travesty and so do all of us at Nestlé, which is why we are committed to helping turn the tide. Read more about Nestlé efforts to reduce food waste on a global scale.

On a local scale, look no further than the frozen food aisle. According to one study, frozen food generates 47 percent less waste when compared to ambient and chilled food consumed in the home.2 And frozen prepared meals are sure to please, such as delicious, satisfying picks from the STOUFFER’S® FIT KITCHEN™ line:

Pork Carnitas package

Pork Carnitas with 23 grams of protein and no artificial flavors

With diced pork layered with black beans, red and green peppers and onions over brown rice and quinoa blend in a spicy chili sauce, this new STOUFFER’S FIT KITCHEN bowl boasts bold, contemporary flavors and a balanced approach to nutrition.

Sweet and Spicy Meatballs package

Sweet & Spicy Meatballs with 23 grams of protein and no artificial flavors

This bowl features tender meatballs layered with carrots, onions and a brown rice and quinoa blend, a sweet soy ginger glaze and a hint of spicy sriracha sauce. Just pop in the microwave for an easy and convenient way to enjoy a delicious meal.

Chicken with Cashews package

Chicken with Cashews with 22 grams of protein and no artificial flavors

Each STOUFFER’S FIT KITCHEN meal offers protein, delicious veggies and carbs. This bowl features white meat chicken, carrots, broccoli and red bell pepper over a brown rice and quinoa blend with cashew pieces in a sweet and spicy soy sauce.

Beef with Broccoli package

Beef with Broccoli with 21 grams of protein and no artificial flavors

With strips of steak, broccoli and ribbon-cut carrots, a brown rice and quinoa blend and an Asian-style sauce, this bowl is a flavorful and modern way to enjoy frozen meals.

Shopper Solutions

Food group by food group, follow these tips to ensure proper storage, prevent spoilage and help shoppers maintain their grocery investment:

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Vegetables require the proper care to prevent spoilage. Tomatoes and potatoes are best stored at room temperature, while vegetables like lettuce, cucumbers and carrots should be placed in refrigerator crisper drawers.
  • To prevent premature ripening, keep avocados, pears, bananas and tomatoes apart from apples, broccoli, lettuce and potatoes.
  • Keep frozen and canned produce on hand so they’re ready to use when you need them. For best taste and quality, use frozen and canned produce before the “use-by” date.
  • To prevent premature spoilage, fresh berries should get a good rinse, just before usage. Rinse and dry leaf lettuce and store in plastic bags for up to one week.

Breads and Cereals

  • Store extra bread and rolls in an airtight container or storage bag; place in the freezer and defrost as needed.
  • Keep cereal fresh by storing in airtight containers instead of rolling down the bag.

Snacks

  • Keep crackers in storage bags or airtight containers to prevent them from becoming stale.
  • Store nuts in the freezer to prolong shelf life.

Beverages

  • If shopping for one, purchase smaller serving size juice containers to avoid waste and ensure variety. If purchasing for a family, consider bulk sizes of shelf-stable juices to save refrigerator space.

Frozen Foods

  • Frozen prepared foods offer flexibility whether prepping for one or a whole family. If cooking for a family, look for multi-serve varieties, such as STOUFFER’S Meat & Sauce Lasagna, that accommodate your family’s size.
  • To maintain the quality of your ice cream and keep your portions in check, keep the carton out of the freezer only as long as it takes to scoop into a bowl. Try EDY’S® SLOW CHURNED® varieties or SKINNY COW® frozen snacks to cool off during a long summer day.

Smart Soundbites

  • Proof is in the “cantry” as well as the frozen section. Similar to purchasing frozen foods, buying canned food is a sure-fire way to help shoppers reduce food waste.
  • USDA takes on food waste. USDA has a wide variety of initiatives to reduce food loss and waste, including an app to help consumers safely store food and understand food date labels, new guidance to manufacturers and importers on donating misbranded foods and research on innovative technologies to make reducing food loss and waste cost-effective.
  • PSA for a public service campaign. The Ad Council and the Natural Resources Defense Council’s “Save The Food” campaign to combat consumer-level food waste features an array of media and digital assets you can use to spread the message.3
  • Follow global example with a look across the pond. In the UK, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) works with governments, businesses and communities to deliver practical solutions to improve resource efficiency. Its Love Food Hate Waste campaign aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste and help people take action via easy, practical everyday things in the home.
  • Build healthy diets with material from the American Frozen Food Institute. With materials to share with clients and resources to guide your work, use this Shopping the Frozen Aisle supermarket dietitian toolkit from AFFI to help guide your clients through the frozen aisle.

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1 SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
http://www.fao.org/save-food/resources/keyfindings/en/

2 Martindale, Wayne (2014). Using consumer surveys to determine food sustainability. British Food Journal, 116 (7), 1194-1204.
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/BFJ-09-2013-0242

3 Ad Council. NRDC and Ad Council Launch New “Save the Food” National Public Service Campaign. April 2016.
http://www.adcouncil.org/News-Events/Press-Releases/NRDC-and-Ad-Council-Launch-New-Save-the-Food-National-Public-Service-Campaign