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Food waste
Good practices

Good practices

A wide range of initiatives on food waste reduction is launched at national, regional and local level. This compilation aims to facilitate the exchange of good practices. Have a look and be inspired !





Food redistribution
Approved food
'Buon Samaritano' (Good Samaritan)
Close Bakery
FareShare
Food Cycle
"Happy Hour in bakery"
"Daily Menus for Homeless"
Team Austria
We Love Food
Bennet
Auchan Spa
Spar


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Approved food

Food redistribution programme

Actor responsible for the initiative Approved Food & Drink Company
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Businesses
Type of initiative Food redistribution programme
Main type of stakeholder targeted Households
Country United Kingdom
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation 2009

Approve Food and Drink Company, a UK – based food redistribution programme, specialise in selling dry food products that are near or past their "best before" date at a discounted rate through their website. While sales and revenue figures are not available, the company has received a large amount of mass media publicity, indicating an impact of consumer awareness. Company represents an innovative private-sector approach to avoiding food waste via resale.

'Buon Samaritano' (Good Samaritan)

Food redistribution programme

Actor responsible for the initiative Comune de Torino and Azienda Multiservizi Igiene Ambientale Torino SpA (Amiat), Associazione Banco Allimentare del Piemonte e Valle d'Aosta, Aucham, Sorico
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Multi-stakeholder
Type of initiative Food redistribution programme
Main type of stakeholder targeted Schools, retailers
Country Italy
Geographical level of implementation Local
Year of implementation 2005

Comune di Torino and Amiat have implemented the "Good Samaritan" project, which collects uneaten meals from school canteens and products that are still edible from supermarkets and donates them to charity organizations to prevent them from being sent to landfill sites. According to the organisation, every day it is possible to recover 150 kilos of bread and 50 kilos of fruit to prepare approximately a thousand meals. Over the years the amount of food recovered has increased significantly, reaching more than 25,000 kilograms of bread and nearly 13,000 kg of fruit in the school year 2007 to 2008. In total in 2008, the organisation recovered over 81,000 kg of food.

Close Bakery

Food redistribution programme

Actor responsible for the initiative Bakeries
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Businesses
Type of initiative Food redistribution programme
Main type of stakeholder targeted Households
Country Germany
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation Not specified

Bread and rolls from previous day are being sold in selected bakeries instead of throwing into the trash. It's available in many German cities.

FareShare

Food redistribution programme

Actor responsible for the initiative FareShare
Type of actor responsible for the initiative NGO
Type of initiative Food redistribution programme
Main type of stakeholder targeted Multi-stakeholder
Country United Kingdom
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation 2004

In place since 2004, the FareShare charity promotes the message that "no good food should be wasted”, diverting edible food and drink products from industry organisations to disadvantaged populations. The organisation also provides warehouse training for the unemployed and helps food industry businesses to track and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

The organisation redistributed food contributing to 8,6 million meals in 2010/11, and helped businesses reduce their CO2 emissions by 1800 tonnes during the same period. FareShare's future goal is to redistribute 20,000 tonnes of food annually and to support 100,000 vulnerable people every day.

Food Cycle

Food redistribution programme

Actor responsible for the initiative Food Cycle
Type of actor responsible for the initiative NGO
Type of initiative Food redistribution programme
Main type of stakeholder targeted Households
Country United Kingdom
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation 2008

Food Cycle empowers local communities to set up groups of volunteers to collect surplus produce locally and prepare nutritious meals in unused professional kitchen spaces. These delicious meals are then served to those in need in the community.

"Happy Hour in bakery"

Food redistribution programme

Actor responsible for the initiative Hofpfisterei Bakery
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Businesses
Type of initiative Food redistribution programme
Main type of stakeholder targeted Households
Country Germany
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation Not specified

Fresh bread and rolls from the actual day are being sold with discount in the last working hour in Hofpfisterei Bakeries across Germany. First half of the last "Happy Hour" with 25% discount, second half of the last "Happy Hour" with 40% discount.

"Daily Menus for Homeless"

Food redistribution programme

Actor responsible for the initiative Social Service Centre (Centrum sociálních služeb)
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Multi-stakeholder
Type of initiative Food redistribution programme
Main type of stakeholder targeted Multi-stakeholder
Country Brno, Czech Republic
Geographical level of implementation Local
Year of implementation 2010
Websites: here and here CS

Six restaurants joined a project launched in 2010 by businessman Richard Hošek and the town council. Unsold meals prepared as “menu du jour” are given to homeless people at the corp of The Salvation Army at Mlýnská st.

In 2011 were gained 6515 daily menus and 7135 daily soups from 17 participating restaurants. Thanks to that were issued 13,650 servings of quality food for homeless people.

Team Austria

Food redistribution programme

Actor responsible for the initiative Team Austria
Type of actor responsible for the initiative NGO
Type of initiative Food redistribution programme
Main type of stakeholder targeted Household
Country United Kingdom
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation 2010

Team Austria is an volunteer organization which collects „unsellable food“ from retailers, which is then redistributed to social markets or people in need. 390 volunteers every week redistribute about 20 tons of food and thus helps enhance nutrition for about 10,000 adults and children.

We Love Food

Food redistribution programme

Actor responsible for the initiative EDEKA supermarket in Bonn
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Businesses
Type of initiative Food redistribution programme
Main type of stakeholder targeted Households
Country Germany
Geographical level of implementation Local
Year of implementation 2011

Slightly damaged products, fruits and vegetables from the day before or just "best before" food are cooked by EDEKA staff. Delicious jams and jellies are then prepared. Portions of different kinds of vegetables and outer salad leaves are offered to the rabbit breeders, pieces of sausages are offered to the pet owners. Fresh and every day different dishes are selling very well (30 servings a day).

Bennet

Food redistribution

Actor responsible for the initiative Bennet
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Retail Sector
Type of initiative Food redistribution
Main type of stakeholder targeted Retailer
Country Italia
Geographical level of implementation Regional Nord/Italia
Year of implementation 2004
Contact Marketing@bennet.com

Bennet - Italian company of the retail trade - has been committed, since 2004, in the recovery of the residual stock of consumption goods, in order to donate it to charitable associations recommended by NGO (Banco Alimentare) or Public Institutions.

The 69 hypermarkets located in the north of Italy, redistribute the residual stock of goods fulfilling the terms of regulation n. 155/25/06/2003. In 2012 have been distributed about 500 tons of goods, which could be compared to 1 million meals donated.

The final goal is to give a social and environmental value to the residual stock of goods.

Auchan Spa

Food redistribution

Actor responsible for the initiative Auchan Spa
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Large retailer
Type of initiative Food redistribution; Separate collection of food waste
Main type of stakeholder targeted households
Country Italy
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation From 2008
Contact giacomo.legnani@auchan.it
Website: Here and here

Auchan has a partnership with “Banco Alimentare”, a ONG that collects food near to the expiration date but still edible from Hypermarkets and give it to organizations which take care about poor people.

In 2012 20 Hypermarkets Auchan offered an amount of food to “Banco Alimentare” equivalent to 600.000 €. The Hypermarket Auchan in Piacenza gave to the Italian Red Cross an amount of food corresponding to 22.150 €. What’s more, every year in November there is the day of food collection: clients who shops in our Hypermarkets can give freely a part of their shopping to the volunteers of “Banco Alimentare” and it provides to send the food to poor people.

Moreover, Auchan applies a discount to the goods which are near to the expiration date, so that the clients can buy them paying till 50% less than the normal price and the food waste is reduced. The goods who are more sold are milk products, cold cuts and pasta: they are often located in a specific place and clients can recognize them by special stamps or posters. To reduce the wood waste, Auchan has a Self-discount format: the food is sold without packaging, so that clients can buy only the amount of food they need.

Finally, Auchan sells portions just for single people: in this way we help them buying only the food they really need, avoiding the food waste that can be caused by larger portions.

Lebensmittel sind kostbar

Food redistribution

Actor responsible for the initiative Spar
Type of actor responsible for the initiative public
Type of initiative Awareness campaign, information and education, training, food redistribution programs, logistical improvements
Main type of stakeholder targeted Households, businesses, schools, retailers, farmers, multi-stakeholders
Country Austria
Geographical level of implementation national
Year of implementation 2012
Contact franz.hoelzl@spar.at

The initiative aims to reduce food wastage by 10% until 2014 through awareness raising, partnership with schools, cooperation with business partners and other institutions. Spar is already a business partner and has setup a project to further reduce wastage and analyse the reason together with the BOKU Universtity in Vienna.