WASHINGTON — Improved packaging and the growth of the fresh-cut category were two key factors that helped reduce spoilage and food loss of fruit in supermarkets during 2005 and 2006, according to a study released this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report states that “average estimated food loss for fruit at the supermarket level decreased 2.3 percentage points from 10.7% in 2005 to 8.4% in 2006.” The report theorizes that the rapid growth of the fresh-cut category was ...

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