Food

Good practices in food waste prevention and reduction

Good practices in food waste prevention and reduction

Food redistribution

We aim to facilitate the exchange of good practice in food waste prevention and reduction. If you wish to contribute and share your initiative, please contact the Commission at: SANTE-FOOD-WASTE@ec.europa.eu

Approved food
Auchan Spa
Bennet
'Buon Samaritano' (Good Samaritan)
City Harvest London
Close Bakery
"Daily Menus for Homeless"
FareShare
Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus
Food Cycle
"Happy Hour in bakery"
Next Door Help
Phenix
Siticibo
Solaal
Spar
Team Austria
We Love Food
Winnow

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Approved food

Food redistribution programme

Approved Food & Drink Company 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

Amiat 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

Bakeries 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

FareShare 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

Food Cycle 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

Hofpfisterei Bakery 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

Social Service Centre (Centrum sociálních služeb) 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

Team Austria 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

EDEKA supermarket in Bonn 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

Bennet 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

Auchan Spa 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
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

Spar 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

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.

Next Door Help

Food Service Europe Actor responsible for the initiative NextDoorHelp
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Online platform
Type of initiative Item-sharing against food waste
Main type of stakeholder targeted Citizens
Country Italy
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation Since 2014, ongoing
Contact person europa@slowfood.it

Next Door Help is the first Italian platform of item-sharing against food waste: through the online platform (http://nextdoorhelp.it), users can publish or look for a geolocated announcement on food leftovers, thus having the chance of exchanging food surpluses and avoiding they go to waste.

Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus

Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus

FEBA
Actor responsible for the initiative Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus
Type of actor responsible for the initiative NGO
Type of initiative Food redistribution programme
Main type of stakeholder targeted Multi-stakeholder
Country Italy
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation Since 1989
Contact person Frigo Angela

Since 1989 the Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus has been recovering surplus food from the food supply chain and, through the Rete Banco Alimentare (Food Bank Network) made up of 21 Food Bank organizations, has been redistributing it for free to 8,669 charitable organizations, which provide food aid to 1,909,986 poor and marginalized throughout Italy.

Therefore the Food Bank Network recovers and redistributes food, which is still edible and not expired but would be sent to landfill because no longer marketable. Saved from waste, food recovers value and becomes wealth for those in need.

The main sources of food are: agriculture, food production, food distribution, catering sector and the European Union.

In 2014, thanks to the daily activity of 1,869 volunteers, it was possible to recover and save 40,767 tons of perfectly edible food and 1,043,351 ready meals. We also collected 14,965 tons of food through public collections.

Siticibo

Siticibo Actor responsible for the initiative Siticibo

A programme established and managed by the Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus
Type of actor responsible for the initiative NGO
Type of initiative Food redistribution programme
Main type of stakeholder targeted Multi-stakeholder
Country Italy
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation Since 2003
Contact person Giuliana Malaguti

Siticibo is a programme managed by the Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus (FBAO), which was established in Milan in 2003. Siticibo is the first implementation of the Italian Law No. 155/2003, the so-called Law of the Good Samaritan, and aims to recover the cooked meals and fresh surplus food from the catering and events (hotels, hospitals and company canteens, school canteens, retailers, etc.).

In 2009 Siticibo started to recover fresh surplus food (e.g. fruit, vegetables, yogurt, pasta, delicatessen) also from the distribution sector.

In 2014 Siticibo recovered 319 tons of bread and fruit and 1,043,351 ready meals from the collective catering sector and 4,307 tons of food from the distribution sector.

City Harvest London

City Harvest London Actor responsible for the initiative City Harvest London
Type of actor responsible for the initiative NGO
Type of initiative Food redistribution programme
Main type of stakeholder targeted Charities
Country United Kingdom
Geographical level of implementation Local - London
Year of implementation 2014
Contact person Laura Winningham

City Harvest London is the largest London-based charity in the food redistribution field. Since 2014 City Harvest has grown rapidly in its achievable mission to end hunger by matching waste and want. The charity collects surplus food from London supermarkets and restaurants and delivers to other charities that serve meals to the least fortunate. City Harvest currently diverts 6 tonnes of edible surplus food every week from being sent to landfill, and delivers to more than 130 charities which feed thousands of people facing difficult times. We welcome open dialogue, knowledge sharing, exchange of best practices, and partnership opportunities with other organisations.

Phenix

Phenix Actor responsible for the initiative Phenix
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Business
Type of initiative Food redistribution, creation of innovative value chains for unsold food products, awareness-raising
Main type of stakeholder targeted Retailers, Manufacturers, Event sector
Country France, Spain, Portugal and Denmark
Geographical level of implementation National / International
Year of implementation 2014
Contact person Charlotte Boyer Chammard

PHENIX is a social business that helps companies reduce waste by awakening the potential of their surplus. PHENIX aims to give a second life to products, and put the bin out of business, by creating innovative value chains for recovery of unsold food products and thus contributing to a more circular economy. We structure and simplify flows of donations, resale and recycling of unsold food products. Our expertise is coupled with a digital tool and a network of qualified partners enabling us to offer a wide range of complimentary solutions and channels for product recovery, with the ultimate ambition to reach zero waste. PHENIX enables its clients to improve their social and environmental impact while generating significant economic gains.

PHENIX also organizes events to raise awareness on issues of food waste and involve stakeholders in anti-waste approaches.

Since its creation in 2014, PHENIX has diverted over 4 000 tonnes of food from the trash, accounting for over 5.6 million meals distributed via our partner charity organizations.

SOLAAL

SOLAAL Actor responsible for the initiative SOLAAL
Type of actor responsible for the initiative NGO
Type of initiative Distribution of fresh products given by farmers
Main type of stakeholder targeted Farmers and food aid associations
Country France
Geographical level of implementation National
Year of implementation 2013
Contact person Dorothée Briaumont

SOLAAL contributes to providing fresh products given by farmers for the most deprived people, through food aid associations.

SOLAAL is an answer to the needs of the most deprived. Food aid associations regularly warn of the lack of fresh fruit and vegetables in people’s diet. Moreover, the most deprived people are prone to diseases linked to an unbalanced diet (diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, obesity etc.).

SOLAAL’s aims:

  • Promote donations from farmers
  • Facilitate giving these donations at a national and local level
  • Tackle food waste
  • Ensure that the beneficiaries of food aid get a balanced diet

Since 2013, the year of its creation, SOLAAL contributed to the donation of 9 500 tons of agricultural products, that is the equivalent of 19 million meals.

SOLAAL is unique in the EU: there is no other charity organizing donations directly from the farmers to food aid associations.

SOLAAL gathers 31 representatives of agricultural sectors, industries, food retailers. The president is Angélique DELAHAYE, a vegetables producer and MEP.

Winnow

Winnow Actor responsible for the initiative Winnow
Type of actor responsible for the initiative Private company
Type of initiative Reduction and prevention of food waste in the hospitality industry
Main type of stakeholder targeted The hospitality industry
Country International, HQ: London (UK); other offices in Singapore and Dubai
Geographical level of implementation International: Presence in 17 countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East
Year of implementation 2013
Contact person Philip Verey, Commercial Director

Winnow has developed a revolutionary system, designed for commercial kitchens to track and monitor food waste. The system can then feed data and reports back to decision makers so that they adjust behaviour to minimise waste.

Winnow was founded in 2013 and today has over 1,000 sites installed or contracted. To date, on average across all sites, Winnow has been able to reduce food waste by 65% within the first 12 months, have an average ROI of 5X, and is able to link the introduction of our system to average savings in food costs of 3-8%.

Major clients include Compass Group, Elior and AccorHotels. We are in 17 countries today, with more in plan.