Contract Partners & Data Contributors

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Juniata Analytics is a tech start-up working at the intersection of business, sustainability, and software to help organizations calculate, analyze, and share sustainability information across internal operations and supply chains. Juniata was responsible for crafting the initial vision for the ReFED Insights Engine, managing the project and coordinating contractors, developing the methodologies, collecting and processing data, and developing a web application to automate the data modeling.

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NielsenIQ is the leader in providing the most complete, unbiased view of consumer behavior, globally. Powered by a ground-breaking consumer data platform and fueled by rich analytic capabilities, NielsenIQ enables bold, confident decision-making for the world’s leading consumer goods companies and retailers. Using comprehensive data sets and measuring all transactions equally, NielsenIQ gives clients a forward-looking view into consumer behavior in order to optimize performance across all retail platforms. Our open philosophy on data integration enables the most influential consumer data sets on the planet. NielsenIQ delivers the complete truth. NielsenIQ, an Advent International portfolio company, has operations in nearly 100 markets, covering more than 90% of the world’s population. For more information, visit or

We care for the communities and markets where we live and operate our business, through responsible, sustainable business practices and our commitment to giving back: sharing consumer insights and data with the world, donating pro bono skills-based volunteering and projects to nonprofit organizations. NielsenIQ is committed to help create new solutions to social and environmental challenges and shape a smarter market. This collaboration with ReFED is one example of how NielsenIQ is taking action. NielsenIQ is donating five years of food pricing and purchase data to help ReFED launch their ReFED Insights Engine, a digital-first, continuously updated platform to house the next generation of data and insights on food waste.

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Leanpath provided custom-prepared data for the ReFED Insights Engine for use in the Foodservice sector of the Food Waste Monitor Methodology. Leanpath is on a mission to make food waste prevention and measurement everyday practice in the world’s kitchens. Leanpath believes that frontline foodservice workers are the real change agents in the global fight against food waste. Leanpath empowers them through measurement-focused technology to reduce food waste, thus enabling them to have a meaningful impact on the environment while improving their kitchen’s efficiency and reducing costs. Since 2014 alone, Leanpath-empowered culinary teams have prevented over 61 million pounds of food from being wasted in thousands of kitchens around the world. Leanpath invented automated food waste tracking technology in 2004 and provides a complete food waste prevention solution, including data-collection tools, cloud-based analytics, and expert coaching.

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Northstar Recycling provided custom-prepared data for the ReFED Insights Engine for use in the Manufacturing sector of the Food Waste Monitor Methodology. Founded on five generations of industry expertise, Northstar Recycling is redefining what it means to be a national waste and recycling company. They have cultivated a network of over 5,000 qualified service partners to provide their clients a seamless, single point of contact for all their waste needs. This unique business model also allows them the flexibility to provide innovative solutions that help their clients increase recycling, lower disposal volumes, and increase profits.


NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) provided expert feedback and guidance during the development of the ReFED Insights Engine. They also proided detailed information on the causes and destinations of food waste in the home that was used in the Residential sector of the Food Waste Monitor Methodology. NRDC works to safeguard the earth — its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. They combine the power of more than three million members and online activists with the expertise of some 700 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.

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Technomic provided ReFED with datasets on the sales and operator purchases of U.S. restaurant and foodservice providers. This data was used in the Foodservice sector of the of the Food Waste Monitor Methodology. For 50 years, Technomic has provided foodservice clients around the globe with the research, insights and strategic consulting support they need to enhance their business strategies, decisions and results. Its services include category and channel analyses, customer satisfaction studies, market opportunity assessments and strategic entry planning, benchmarking programs and brand equity enhancement. Technomic excels at industry intelligence, forecasts, data, training support and consumer research.

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Report Authors
Caroline Powell, Director of Product Development - Juniata Analytics
Philip Curtis, Director of Operations - Juniata Analytics
ReFED Team Contributors
Dana Gunders, Executive Director
David Brooks, Insights Engine Product Manager