In the United States, over 133 billion pounds of food is landfilled each year. Simultaneously, 40 million Americans live in food-insecure households.
While considerable food waste occurs on farms or after consumers purchase food products, an estimated 40% of food waste occurs within the value chain, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
One popular and significant process that is used in the value chain to sell, deliver, and manage food sales between manufacturers to retailers is Direct Store Delivery (DSD). According to a 2008 report from the Grocery Manufacturers Association, this process accounts for 53% of retail profits and 24% of unit sales.