Based on the scientific research carried out by Professor Christian Fischer of the Free College of Bolzano, the corporate contributes to a ten% discount in harvest losses within the apple sector.
An estimated 22% of fruit and greens are misplaced yearly throughout or instantly after harvest. A lot of worldwide meals waste due to this fact happens originally of the worth chain, lengthy earlier than merchandise attain the market.
By its actions, VOG Merchandise contributes to lowering this phenomenon, because of its enterprise mannequin, to environment friendly planning and the numerous technological investments made lately. The South Tyrolean producer organisation is among the largest within the sector in Europe and processes about 70-80% of the Italian industrial apple harvest (20% of the Trentino-South Tyrol harvest).
The validity of the anti-waste mannequin adopted by VOG Merchandise is demonstrated by a current scientific research carried out by Christian Fischer, Professor of Agricultural and Meals Economics on the Free College of Bolzano, which was additionally introduced on the 2022 Worldwide Horticultural Congress in Angers (France).
Within the research, titled “The apple processing cooperative VOG Merchandise as a job mannequin for minimising post-harvest crop losses – an empirical case research from South Tyrol, Italy”, Professor Fischer demonstrates how VOG Merchandise considerably contributes to lowering harvest and post-harvest losses within the apple manufacturing chain. Whereas internationally apple wastage averages 20% of the harvest quantity, with VOG Merchandise meals loss in Italian apples drops to 6-10% (relying on the 12 months).
The FAO particularly refers to meals loss as “the waste of edible meals within the manufacturing, post-harvest and processing phases of the meals chain”. Apart from the wastage of the meals itself, meals loss additionally entails environmental prices within the type of lack of land, water, components of manufacturing and labour, and results in greenhouse fuel emissions that contribute to international warming.
For VOG Merchandise, meals loss already begins with the corporate’s mission assertion: apples destined for industrial processing are these with minor high quality defects (too large, too small or not sufficient color) or don’t meet the standard requirements of contemporary fruit, and due to this fact can’t be bought on the desk apples market.