Residents of Latvia mostly throw away ready-made meals and leftovers from home-cooked meals in the garbage / Diena


The main reason why store-bought products (60%) and home-cooked food (51%) end up in the waste is that the products have gone bad. Among the other more frequently cited reasons are products that have been stored for too long, expired, and leftover food “stuck” on the plate after a meal.

According to the research data, a total of 90% of Latvian households admit that reducing the amount of food waste is important to them, and 64% it is even very important. At the expense of food waste, households with at least three or more people currently lose 37.40 euros per month, while households with children – up to 41.70 euros (for comparison – for households with 1-2 people, the monthly loss is on average 19.60 euros ).

Meanwhile, one household in Estonia loses on average around 27.50 euros or 330 euros per year due to food waste, and in Lithuania – 31.90 euros or 383 euros per year.

“Rimi Baltic” data show that in Lithuania and Estonia, residents throw away food less frequently because it has spoiled (in Lithuania – 53% of food bought in a store and 50% of food cooked at home, in Estonia 45% and 40%, respectively).

Evaluating the losses in individual product categories, the information gathered by “Rimi Baltic” shows that the largest amounts are lost in all three Baltic countries by throwing away vegetables, fruits and berries.

The “Rimi Baltic” study was conducted in August 2022 in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, surveying a total of 2,420 residents aged 18-69, including 809 residents in Latvia.

It has already been announced that last year “Rimi Latvia” worked with a turnover of 946.508 million euros, which is 3.2% more than the year before, but the company’s profit decreased by 8.3% and was 30.409 million euros.

The company “Rimi Latvia” was registered in January 1992, and its capital is five million euros. The sole owner of the company is the company “Rimi Baltic” registered in Sweden.


Source: Diena.lv by www.diena.lv.

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