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Reduce food waste from the food industry

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Foodwe takes into account the economic, ethical and environmental circumstances around food waste. 

1. Types of food offered on Foodwe

Any food that is still consumable but cannot be offered anymore through the classical distribution channels

Products that are too close to an expiration date that can no longer kept in stock, shipped and then sold to the general public.

Wasted food due conventional non-compliance; these are, for example, the famous ."straight bananas” or “curved cucumbers", but still perfectly consumable.

The list is long and the rule is simple ... no longer throw away and better use of these products. 

2. Donations or sales at reduced prices 

In case of a food donation, the charitable organizations will not re-sell the products, must pick up the products themselves and must be in compliance with safety rules and food hygiene.

In the case of a sale at reduced prices, food industry can sell at a maximum of 60% of the public selling price and can offer delivery to the charitable organizations.

The sale at reduced prices allows the food industry to cover the costs of an ethical approach; it allows offering delivery in optimal conditions regarding safety rules and food hygiene, to the charitable organizations.

3. Registration and verification of profiles in 3 steps

1. First register your business or charity on Foodwe

2. Then complete your profile with the name of your business, your activities, geographical location etc.

3. Once completed, your profile will be validated by the Foodwe team and will provide you access (or not) to the website.

4.  The first results

Since the begin 350 tons of food donations took place through the website in Belgium.

Foodwe received the prize ‘Coup de Coeur 2014’ from the French Nicolas Hulot Foundation.

Foodwe won the Brussels Life prize during the European Crowfunding fair.

Foodwe is Winner in 2015 for the Associations/NGO Award of the European Week for Waste Reduction. There were a total of 11,993 projects to reduce food waste throughout Europe.

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Some figures on food waste:

Roughly 1/3 of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year, about 1.3 billion tons, gets lost or wasted.

Global food production uses 25% of all habitable land and is reponsible for 70% of fresh water consumption and  80% of the deforestation.

The food currently wasted in Europe could feed 200 million people.

Today humanity uses the equivalent of 1,5 planets. Moderate UN scenarios suggest that if current population and consumption trends continue, by the 2030, we will need equivalent of two earts. We have only one!

According to the FAO, the percentage of lost fruit and vegetables are the highest food. These losses are due in large part to the "calibration" of fruits and vegetables based on simple aesthetic criteria. The loss rate is also high for fish and seafood (30%), cereal products (30%), oilseeds and legumes (22%), meat and dairy products (20%). 

Sources: NDCR, FAO reports '' Global food losses and Food waste'', UNEP, CRIOC ''Food waste : to understand beter in order to prevend beter'', 2012 Global Food Print Network.

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