The Pilot Working Platform in Hungary includes representatives from key organizations of the Hungarian food sector. Participants are committed towards more efficiently using food and fighting against hunger. They identify potential projects that help achieving these goals and recommend assigned research, knowledge sharing and raising of awareness as the first steps to be started in each segment of the food sector.

Contact: Balázs Cseh, Hungarian Food Bank Association

Reported about good practices to reduce food waste

The Hungarian pilot working platform (PWP) meeting was organised in a conference form in line with the National Agriculture and Food Exhibition and Fair. The event took place in September 2017 and the main organizer was the Agricultural Marketing Agency. The primary objective of the event was to present professionally the development of advanced, efficient, environmentally conscious businesses, family farms, small and primary producers, and introduce its values ​​and results to the profession and to the general public. One of the main focus points of the event was the fight against food waste.

Creating value for imperfect fruit and vegetables

The Hungarian Pilot Working Platform initiated and started executing the pilot project “Ugly but tasty” pilot project in February 2017.  The main goal of the pilot is to start working on “farm to fork” approach food waste related activities in the fruit & vegetable sector. This chain is one of the shortest chains as processing is not part of it, thereby we can relatively easier focus on the full chain from production to consumer.

The main focus of the project is on the lower quality products, where the plan is to test possible channels for both on a marketed (sale) and a non-marketed (free redistribution) basis.

Food waste prevention in event catering

In April 2017 The Hungarian Pilot Working Platform initiated and started executing the pilot project “Just like at home”. The aim of the project is to dissolve the paradox of “oversupply by virtual needs” and creating a common basis of understanding and awareness about the issue of food waste in the whole chain (from caterer to consumer) by matching a realistic/real demand/supply in this special type of consumer scenario where the cost of food is not a primary selector.

Modelling and increasing channel capacities in food surplus redistribution

The Hungarian Pilot Working Platform has initiated and started executing a new pilot project in May 2017. The goal of the project “Broadening the bridge” is to model the total cost of redistribution within the “redistribution supply chain” including food banks and redistribution partner organisations, calculate the potential return on investment in case of additional funding and look at possible funding sources, especially concentrating the existing resources in the social care system such as using the existing (and maybe not 100%-ly used) capacities and potential funding sources such as the EU FEAD program.

In July 2017, REFRESH reached out to consumers in its four pilot countries (The Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Hungary) to complete a survey on food and drink products. The purpose of the research is to investigate different contents and formats of on-pack information and their effect on consumer understanding and food waste behaviours in these four EU member states. The results of the survey will be disseminated towards the end of 2017.

The Steering Committee of the „Food is Value”- Forum Against Food Loss and Waste has agreed on the main goals and priorities set out in the Framework for Action document. The document goes on to outline how these priorities will be addressed through project targets and project measurement, as well as the core responsibilities of the platform members.

Representatives from key organizations of the food sector attended the first REFRESH Pilot Working Platform Steering Committee meeting in Budapest on March 22, 2016. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and organized by the Hungarian Food Bank Association. Participants confirmed their commitment towards more efficiently using food and fighting against hunger.