Unsaleables are any food or consumer products deemed to be unfit for sale through primary market channels. There are many causes of unsaleables throughout the supply chain ranging from package design to product handling. The industry has been working collaboratively on this issue for over 10 years. In 1996, the industry undertook an initiative in collaboration with trading partners to identify and implement ways of reducing the cost of unsaleables. With support from the ECR Committee on Unsaleables, Canadian grocery manufacturers and distributors who have signed the Protocol for Enrolment have been following an industry recommendation that includes a benchmark system, a list of eligible products and best practices for reducing unsaleables.

For more information on this industry initiative, see the following report:

A User's Guide for the ECR Unsaleables Recommendations [French] – Effective May 2011

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