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New Zealanders binning $3bn of food every year

17th December 2020 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

Three quarters of Kiwi households are throwing out uneaten food every week, binning a staggering $3bn worth of food every year, according to new research. 

A survey of 1,000 New Zealanders conducted by meal kit company Hello Fresh showed 76% of the population threw out food to the value of $25 every week.

For a household on a budget of $150 that number represents around a sixth of their total food budget for the week.

In total, the amount of food thrown out across every household in New Zealand amounted to an estimated $3bn in food wastage each year. 

Leftover meals were found to be most likely thrown out, making up 30% of responses, with uneaten fruit and vegetables next most common on 27%.

The HelloFresh research also showed 30% of Kiwi households had made an effort to reduce food waste as a result of Covid-19.



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