The press release on “Report on China Urban Catering Industry Food Waste ” was presented at the discussion seminar on “organizing China food waste reduction alliance” on Mar 24th, 2018. Around 100 representatives joined the event, including UN Environment, UN FAO, China Food Bureau,  China Home Electronic Appliance Research Institute (CHEARI), China Chain Store & Franchise Association(CCFA) and other unviersities, foundations, enterprises, and research institutions, alliances and NGOs.

This symposium will provide an invaluable opportunity for industry experts, policy makers, academics, NGOs and other key stakeholders to review the EU strategy on food waste and discuss behavioural, social and technological solutions aimed at promoting improved food waste management. The symposium will allow delegates to assess the current challenges to the transition towards increased efficiency along the food supply chain, consider ways to overcome them, set future priorities and share best practice and initiatives from across Europe.

The IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute organizes a camp for youth from China to raise young people’s awareness about food waste. The camp includes visits to various locations within the whole food supply chain, covering food production, food transportation, food re-distribution, food consumption (in restaurants and at home) and food treatment.

Four interactive working groups coming up in 2018 and 2019 will provide a space for stakeholders to discuss policy options to reduce food waste. Three working groups will have specific policy focuses: voluntary agreements, animal feed, and consumer behaviour. A final event will provide an overview of the policy outcomes from the entire REFRESH project. These follow two working groups held in 2017.

The first surplus food shelf in the Netherlands opened today at George Verberne’s Jumbo supermarket in Wageningen. This store shelf features products made from ingredients which would otherwise have been wasted. As part of REFRESH, Wageningen University & Research is using this living lab for research into the consumer acceptance of such surplus products.

The Dutch REFRESH national platform "Taskforce Circular Economy in Food" will organise an interactive event for TCEF Members, Dutch Champions 12.3 and international frontrunner organisations. Using “Appreciative Inquiry”, the participants will share experiences and best practices, and develop new plans for action to contribute to the SDG 12.3 target by 2030. 

The fourth NLWA Waste Prevention Exchange will focus on food waste prevention and examine different approaches and how to secure long term behaviour change. REFRESH scientific coordinator Hilke Bos-Brouwers (Wageningen University & Research) will give a kenote on "Food waste - towards half as much: Initiatives & programmes that encourage public participation"

This peer-reviewed paper finds that consumer food waste is influenced by country, age, student status, and belief that the family wastes too much, and suggests how policy interventions can be designed to target these drivers.

The concluding conference of the joint project "Development, Testing and Dissemination of Concepts for Sustainable Production and Consumption in Out-of-House Gastronomy" - NAHGAST is taking place in Berlin from 21 - 23 February 2018.

REFRESH researcher Lisanne van Geffen won The Science Battle against other researchers on the event: The Future of Waste – de kracht van kringlopen, 12th of October 2017 in Arnhem, The Netherlands.

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