Trend analyser Innova Markets has found that
food waste reduction is the
top trend for the food and beverage industry in the coming year. The
economic situation, combined with an increasing awareness of
sustainability, is thought to be behind this trend.
regional office for Asia and the Pacific is hosting a photo contest on
loss and waste reduction in Asia. The “Save Food Asia-Pacific photo contest”
is open to anyone aged
18 years and above residing in the region.
2013 national Campaign for Preventing Bread Waste in Turkey saved about
million loaves of bread per day – a total of 384 million 250-g loaves.
Most of these
savings were made by households, and staff and student dining halls,
recorded a 40 percent waste reduction.
Social Democrats awarded Save Food partner Stop Wasting Food its
award, the Svend Auken Prize. Selina Juul received the distinction from
Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during the Social Democratic Party’s
Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik said that reducing food
obvious benefits for resource efficiency in Europe. Other notable
include shifting from animal- to plant-based products with similar protein levels,
such as soybeans and cereals.
Kingdom broadcaster the BBC reports that the Rub & Stub restaurant
Copenhagen is serving food recovered from farms, processors and
The restaurant offers meals made from vegetables and fruit rejected by
industry because of sell-by dates and overbuying.
Francis’s announcement of the Global Campaign Against Hunger is an
to continue efforts to end hunger.
World Food Preservation Center, which advocates the establishment of a
knowledge hub for food loss and waste reduction, has launched a new Web site.
university student Irene Njeri Githinji’s village-based grain bank was
the best idea for reducing food losses in a competition hosted by the
for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss national FAO
Agro-Industries Officer Joseph Mpagalile participated in the jury on
FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa has developed documentaries on food loss
waste for different audiences. The films will be used for awareness and
advocacy to support ongoing and future efforts in the region. The
are available in short, producer’s and consumer’s versions.
large portion of the 30-percent losses incurred by small-scale
Africa is caused by improper handling and processing. The Indian Ocean
Commission and FAO have developed the “Clean Fish, Better Life”
to help tackle this issue through the SmartFish project funded by
European Union (EU).
United States broadcaster and online news channel
CNBC discusses how
food loss and waste can aggravate food insecurity, particularly in
disaster zones. FAO’s Save Food partners the Waste and Resources Action
Programme (WRAP), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International
Agricultural Development (IFAD) are also mentioned in the story.
The December issue of the World
Farmers’ Organization (WFO) newsletter was dedicated to food loss and
reduction. It featured articles from Save Food and the Danish
organization (NGO) Stop Wasting Food, and highlighting best practices
Global FoodBanking Network, the Egyptian Food Bank and DariAcordar, all
partners in Save Food.
The European Retail Academy (ERA) featured the
Save Food partnership
event on its Web page. The retail-centred
academic network is a consortium member of the EU Food Recovery Waste
(FoRWaRDd) project, and was
represented at the meeting by Dr Bernd Hallier.
A total of €75 billion – €280 per household –
be saved if households, retail and the catering sector in the EU reduce
waste by 40 percent, according to a study funded by the European
carried out by LEI
Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands. These
savings would be augmented by agricultural land savings the size of
Container Industry (MCI) has teamed up with Primaria’s Bluezone to
refrigerated transport. The system works by removing ethylene, a
agent, and moulds from produce shipped in containers.
European Commission is calling for stakeholders to propose, develop and
footprint product and sector rules – including food loss and waste
open to any company with operations in the EU working in the feed, food
drink sectors. It expires on 28 March
The ENVIFOOD Protocol provides guidance on
environmental footprint assessments in the food, feed and drink
pilot-tested methodology, which complies with the International
Standardization (ISO), suggests that further work is needed to take
into account and to define default values for such waste.
SAVE FOOD partner SEALPAC has developed a meat
packaging solution that it says will extend the shelf-life of fresh red
retail. The system combines vacuum packaging with an integrated
enabling a more appetizing appearance and better taste, thereby
food waste reduction.
SAVE FOOD partner Siemens Home Appliances (Swedish / English) has introduced
with hydroFresh and vitaFresh cooling technologies. These
features work by
monitoring the humidity and temperature in specialized cooling
Siemens says that this maintains food’s nutritional value and freshness
for up to
three times as long as normal refrigeration
January, Syracuse, New York, USA. 212/360
agricultural students and educators, organized by Future Farmers of
including a special session on hunger and food insecurity
February, Nairobi, Kenya. Validation of 11 post-harvest loss reports
on different crops throughout Africa, commissioned by the Alliance for
Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
February, Brussels, Belgium. GreenCook
interregional event for northwest
Europe on reducing food waste by strengthening
partnerships within the food sector. Save Food will be represented by
Brussels Liaison Office
February, Milan, Italy. The WiGreen
Forum for Environmental Sustainability will look at waste
perspectives: food, environment and economy. (Italian).
February. Online launch of the fundraising campaign for a
on “The Hunger Code”, or how to feed the world’s hungry with the edible
that is wasted at every stage of the food chain. Shooting will take
the United States of America, Europe, South Africa and Israel. Preview here
Feb 2014, Rome, Italy. Ecosustainable Food Packaging Based on Polymer
hosted by European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST).
Save Food will participate in this event