A new digital network has been launched to encourage collaboration and bring together expertise from across Europe and beyond in a focussed response to the global issue of food waste. The Community of Experts (CoE) aims to help drive action at every level of the supply chain by empowering individuals, organisations and nations through the sharing of skills, knowledge and resources needed to act against food waste.

REFRESH has created an online network for experts to share and gain knowledge on food waste reduction, prevention, and valorisation.

The report presents a summary of the first official food waste monitoring in Flanders at chain level and for each step in the agri-food chain. It also explains the framework, objective and approach of the monitoring. 

In September 2017 the Life Cycle Management Conference was held in Luxembourg. REFRESH partner BOKU chaired and contributed to the Food Waste session, which was visited by his royal highness Prince Louis.

To reduce food waste, a dynamically adjustable shelf life and discounting strategies can be used by a retailer selling perishable products. In this paper both strategies are investigated and evaluated in terms of profit, waste reduction and shortages.

The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) 2017 will take place from 18 to 26 November, with awareness-creating actions about sustainable resource and waste management taking place all over Europe. In the spotlight of the EWWR is to raise awareness about how to reduse waste, how to reuse products and recycle materials.

The Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Infoweek will take place in Brussels 14.-17. November 2017. The week-long event brings together infoday, brokerage, dissemination with a focus on digitisation and a high-level bioeconomy policy event. REFRESH will be presented at the "Bioeconomy Village" during the policy days on 16.-17. November.

All 26 REFRESH partners gathered to discuss midterm progress in the project and build synergies between work in different parts of REFRESH. The meeting took place in Budapest on 07. and 08. September 2017.

This workshop will present preliminary findings from the REFRESH project on opportunities for improving EU policies relevant to food waste prevention and valorisation. It is directed at policymakers and high-level experts in food waste from business, research, and civil society. Participation is by invitation only.

The EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste will hold its second meeting of 2017 on 07. November in Brussels. Participation is limited to members of the Platform.

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