In October 2016, the umbrella association for the hospitality industry in Europe, HOTREC, FEBA and METRO AG signed a framework agreement to collaborate on reducing food waste among hotels, restaurants and cafés in Europe. On January 31st 2017, HOTREC and FEBA presented their joint recommendations to manage food donations in the hospitality sector, as a party of a broader document "European hospitality industry guidelines to reduce food waste and recommendations to manage food donation" developed by HOTREC for its members across Europe.
Launch of the guidelines in Brussels
The recommendations provide 10 key do's and don'ts on how to process a successful food donation to food banks and local charity organizations. They were officially launched on January 31st at an EU Parliament Breakfast event hosted by MEP Biljana Borzan: "Every crumb that finds its way to a person in need instead of a waste bin takes us a step closer towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development goal 12.3"
FEBA's Secretary General underlined how the hospitality industry can play a part in reducing poverty "I hope that an increasing number of hotels and restaurants will adopt these recommendations and engage with our food banks to take proactive steps to support those experiencing poverty"