The working group on food waste prevention met in Lisbon, kindly hosted by Sonae and GS1 Portugal, with over 40 attending. On the first day, Sonae retail waste experts shared an overview of their supply chain, their loss prevention strategy and their circular economy programme, with the famous banana bread and chutneys. This was then followed by an update on the Portugal national food waste programme. The groups then visited stores, looking in detail through the lens of food waste at bakery, frozen, packaged goods, fish, ecommerce and meat. Feedback was then shared back with the hosts.
The second day opened with Delhaize sharing their short and medium term plans to improve expiry date visibility. This was followed by the academics from Eindhoeven who shared their size of prize model. To round off the morning, there was a presentation on the Ocado e-commerce waste challenge. The afternoon began with an interactive session on the waste problems of in-store production on bakery and the imperative to prevent the surplus [there is simply too much for charities to consume]
Closing out the day were three sessions, the first was an update from the start-up the group met in Hamburg, the second was a pitch from a new start-up, Wasteless, and finally, there was the launch of the 2019 Food Waste Prevention Challenge.
For some great photos of the meeting, day and night, click here.
Note: the next working group meeting is tentatively planned for June 26th & 27th 2019, in Brussels.