In Europe (EU-28) 88 million tons of food is wasted along the supply chain each year with an estimated cost of €143 billion.
51 million tons are edible and 23 million tons occur in sectors of primary production, processing and manufacturing, retail and food service.
Read the full report from FUSIONS on food waste (2016) here
EU Waste Framework Directive on the circular economy
Adopted in January 2017, this framework aims for Member States to achieve a Union-wide food waste reduction target of 30% by 2025 and of 50% by 2030, to measure progress made in the reduction of waste and losses using a uniform measurement of the levels of food waste.
It is also recommended that:
Visit The European Commissions- DG Health on food waste here
FEBA has been advocating for such measures for a long time and will continue to follow-up closely their implementing together with its country members.
Food donation guidelines with industry trade associations
FEBA and its members actively cooperate with EC- DG Health as an expert in the drafting of the EU donation guidelines.
FEBA has also collaborated with EU-level food related trade organizations to publish Guidelines on food donation
EU Guidelines on Food Donations Every Meal Matters Hospitality Industry Guidelines
Food waste and the United Nations
The UN Sustainable Development Goal # 12 encourages a 50% reduction of food waste by 2030 aiming to: " Halve per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level by 2030, and reduce food losses along the food production and supply chain"