Although the estimated amount of food waste is very high in the agricultural sector, there are not enough projects concentrating on the potential decrease of waste and the possible innovative solutions in the sector.
The Hungarian Food Bank Association started talks in the framework of the Hungarian PWP with the Budapest Wholesale Market to launch a project targeting primarily the activities and partners of the fruit and vegetable sector.
The Budapest Wholesale Market is the largest in the country where the product offer of the growers and wholesalers is meeting the demand of the retailers six days a week. Fresh vegetables and fruits, citrus-type fruits, mushroom, egg, honey, canned products, preserved food, sweets, refreshments can be continuously purchased through the year.
The market is open also for consumers, but the sale is done in commercial quantity units only.
Planned activities are:
• Analysis of barriers of market distribution of “imperfect” fruit & vegetable products
• Implementation of food surplus redistribution site at the BWM
• Testing of gleaning activities
• Communication activities and organisation of awareness raising events at the Budapest Wholesale Market.