Since September 2014, the online platform, Foodwe.org, has been providing professionals in the food industry the opportunity to offer and sell their unsold but safe-to-eat products online to charity organisations.
Foodwe platform won in May 2015 the European Waste Reduction Week prize in the NGO/association category. The theme of the 2014 edition was reducing food wastage. A total of 12,000 projects from around Europe were realized to the 6th Waste Reduction Week.
In just a few months, Foodwe, has been able to offer over 25 tons of food to charity groups in Belgium. Food industry professionals can make donations but can also offer to sell at a maximum of 60% of retail price, safe-to-eat products which have not met their market: those too close to their sell-by date which means they cannot be stored, delivered, and then sold to the public, and those which were discarded at an earlier stage for not conforming to the norm, for example fruit which look “ugly”, which although perfectly healthy, is usually rejected and thrown away.
Foodwe wants to give Social and Economic value to Food Waste by helping farmers, producers, retailers to sell or donate to charity food that is still perfectly consumable but goes to waste today.
After having withdrawn the Circular Economy Package last December, the Commission is aiming to present a new, more ambitious circular economy strategy late in 2015, addressing a range of economic sectors, including waste. The strategy will be fully aligned with the priorities of the new Commission.
It will comprise a revised legislative proposal on waste and a Communication setting out an action plan on the circular economy for the rest of this Commission’s term of office. The action plan will cover the whole value chain, and focus on concrete measures with clear EU added value, aiming at ‘closing the loop’ of the circular economy. The Commission is engaged in a thorough reflection on how the objective of circular economy can be reached in an efficient way that is fully compatible with the jobs and growth agenda.
A Roadmap for this initiative can be found here.
As part of the process, the Commission is launching a public consultation on the subject from the 28th May until the 20th August 2015.
The EC welcomes contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities. Received contributions will be published on the Internet.
For more information, please visit the EC website.