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Bring it Back: The platform that fights food waste – for €3 you get a full bag

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A very modern and innovative concept came to our country, just when precision has brought consumers to their knees and food waste has skyrocketed. This is the initiative of Bring it Back, the new app through which you can find shops that will close within a short period of time and offer a whole bag of their merchandise at a special price.

Just like that, we tried to place our order through Bring it Back and ate a whole bag of salty and sweet snacks from Street Kuluri, on Zoodochos Pigi Street. All of them cost 3 euros, while their normal cost at any other time of the day would be more than 10 euros.

Navigating the platform is very simple. You enter your address and the app finds your nearest cafes, bakeries, bakeries and supermarkets that participate in the program and have a special offer package. There, you find the offer that suits your budget – prices start from 2.5 euros – and pay.

The QR code that is generated and you have to scan it in order to receive your order.

Immediately, you receive a QR code and at the same time the store starts preparing your order.

“Bring it Back was created in order to reduce this waste and move Greece out of this negative position,” the platform’s website informs us.

“It is constantly contacting food outlets to find out if they have leftover fresh food at the end of the day, and help them, in a profitable way, to reduce waste and therefore environmental pollution.”

We got a whole bag of stuff from Street Kuluri, for just 3 euros.

At Street Kuluri we received our bag from the hands of George and Sebastian, who made sure our order had fresh and delicious savoury and sweet items. From bagels, to cookies and raisin bread.

They also shared with us their pleasure to participate in this platform, which promotes a zero waste lifestyle that is good for the consumer and the store itself.

Despite the fact that the project is very new and people do not know about it, customers have embraced the project and consistently order 2-3 bags a day, a few hours before the shops close, when the traffic drops.

Bring it Back is available on the App Store and Google Play.

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The battle against food waste in Greek business 

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Interview with Fortune Greece…

If Greece deservedly wins a title, it is undoubtedly that of “champion” in food waste among European countries, as reflected in the relevant United Nations report (UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2021).

The magnitude of the problem of food waste worldwide is considered so serious that it led the United Nations to include Food Waste as the 12th of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

As part of “Responsible Consumption and Production”, the goal (Target 12.3 and Indicator 12.3.1) is to “halve global food waste per capita at the retail and consumer level”, but also to “reduce food waste along the production and supply chains by 2030”.

In this context, we host today in our interviews Mr. Christos Kokkoros, CEO and one of the founders of Bring it Back, the first company to use technology to combat food waste in Greece.

Describe your objectives.

Bring It Back creates a sustainable Win-Win-Win relationship, connecting food outlets (bakeries, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, etc.) with environmentally conscious consumers. The third winner is, of course, the environment, as both businesses and consumers contribute to the fight against food waste.

This Win-Win-Win relationship can be achieved when:

– Businesses increase their revenue by selling surplus food that would otherwise not be consumed. In this way, they save some or all of the cost of buying/producing food.

– Consumers buy good quality fresh food at a reduced price, saving money and raising awareness of the huge problem of wasted resources.

– Food waste can be avoided by contributing to a more sustainable planet. Less food waste means less food buried in landfills and therefore less greenhouse gas emissions. It also means utilization of man-hours and total costs for production.

Our company’s vision is a future where the words food and waste do not go together. Our mission is to spread the ecological awareness of food waste starting from Attica, then throughout Greece and later in the rest of Europe. Bring it Back wants to offer the opportunity for more affordable food prices, while maintaining the same quality standards.

Our challenge at the moment is to penetrate the market and make people trust us, as the project is new and innovative for the Greek market. However, the market is environmentally conscious, as demonstrated in a survey we conducted before we launched this new venture.

How was the idea born and why did you specifically choose Greece, when you could have initially focused on countries with a better business climate?

The idea was born towards the end of 2018 shortly after I moved from Sparta to Berlin, I saw various projects of a similar nature thriving in Germany and Northern Europe in general. Then I thought “why not” in Greece, “why not” in Southern Europe. The countries of the South have always carried the label of wastefulness in various areas, but now the circumstances have changed and we are more ready than ever to respond positively to such innovative ideas. What was missing, however, was the expertise and the creation of a strong team.

In 2020 I started a postgraduate program where I met my current colleagues. Indeed this team was set up by partners in Greece – Georgia Vourtsa -, Brazil – Nizar Kadi – and Iraq – Shahla Bani.

Greece is a champion in food waste. Apparently, Education is not giving us the basis so far to reduce this huge waste? Do you think entrepreneurship is “key”?

It is true, as I said before, that it is not an easy process to change habits from one day to the next. Greeks love food in terms of quality and quantity.

What needs to be controlled is the waste of goods, as its effects have a negative impact on our daily lives. The philosophy of Bring It Back can be summed up in a simple sentence, as philosophical as that sounds: Be a force for good.

With responsibility and perseverance, we will succeed. We are also opening up an entire industry as we are the first anti-food waste company in the country. So entrepreneurship may ultimately be the key player in the fight against food waste.

Are you happy with the market conditions in Greece, or did you find something worse than what you initially expected?

It’s a question I like to avoid. It’s very easy to say negative things about the market conditions in Greece but going abroad and doing business here, I realized that in all cases you have to focus on the positive aspects of the market.

What obstacles and opportunities do you see at the moment in the Greek business scene?

In a new venture the only obstacle is the ignorance of such a solution. Bring It Back promotes the solution to the food waste problem… and I mean that one can ultimately become part of the solution to the problem simply by using their mobile phone! The opportunities are many, as we are the first app in the Balkans to explicitly address food waste with a business approach.

Based on your company’s current plan, where do you see Bring it Back a year from now?

I love this question and would love to be asked it every year, to motivate me to think about the future plans for this project. Our goal is for Bring It Back to be expanded throughout Greece by the end of 2023. Besides, the interest of businessmen from cities in the region is becoming more and more intense.

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World Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day, today 29 September

The International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste was established by a resolution of the UN General Assembly in December 2019 and it was decided to be celebrated every year on 29 September, starting in 2020.

Its main goal is to bring together individuals, organisations, businesses and governments around the world to help reduce food loss and waste. Everyone can contribute to the common cause by treating their nutritional needs more carefully (they can stop buying unnecessary food, store food properly, make the most of food waste, etc.), but concerted action by authorities, businesses and organisations is needed to successfully solve the problem globally.

Moreover, food production has emerged as one of the biggest threats to the environment today, contributing among other things to the climate crisis. By 2030, food loss and waste should be reduced by 50%, according to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. But the European Union needs to take significant steps to achieve this, as its progress has so far been slow, according to a joint report by WWF and UK-based WRAP.

The critical juncture the planet has reached requires all of us to take food waste seriously and take action! That’s where our company, Bring it Back, comes in, to fill this gap between stores and consumers and give a second chance to fresh food that wouldn’t be consumed. Our goal is to significantly reduce or, why not, eliminate food waste in Greece. All this while helping Business owners to recoup some of their food costs and Consumers to enjoy quality fresh food at a discounted price. Everyone benefits and wins, and most of all the environment, as resources are fully utilised and waste is reduced.

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Food waste in numbers, according to WWF


  • 1 in 3 food waste, 1.3 billion tonnes of food.
  • 30% of the fruit and vegetables produced are rejected because of their appearance.
  • Countries that measure food waste represent only 12% of the world’s population.
  • 28% of rural areas are cultivated to produce food that is simply wasted.


  • 88 million tonnes of food end up in the garbage.
  • Every person in the EU throws away 173 kg of food per year.
  • 10% of the rejection is related to the indicated expiry date.

Greece 3rd in the world in food waste

Greece, unfortunately, is a global leader, ranking third among the most food-wasting countries.

The classic cant that our parents used to say and we tell our children, “the children in Africa are hungry, eat all your food”, now has a real basis. As of course the classic answer “it doesn’t matter because the kid won’t eat it in Africa” is also valid. It is, however, a classic demonstration of the wisdom of the people, because both food waste and hunger are a reality in Africa in the 21st century.

Greece, according to UN data, is third on the list of countries that waste the most food in the world. At the same time ELSTAT, with data for 2020, reported that 1.35 million people in the country face food insecurity.

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What is food waste?

Food waste refers to the amounts of food we throw away – leftovers and expired food, but also the food lost in the production, transport, storage and sale process, which is not a negligible amount.

The majority of lost food is found in households according to statistics. EU figures give about half of the total food waste in households. Catering services account for 10% of the total, for example. The rest is lost in the production and supply chain.

Why is food waste a problem?

Food waste not only contributes to the loss of valuable and often limited resources such as water, soil or energy, it also contributes to climate change. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), for every kilogram of food produced, 4.5 kg of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere.

Another important factor is the huge number of undernourished people on the planet, reaching 793 million in the pre-covid period. In Europe alone, the number of people who in 2014 were unable to have a quality meal every other day reached 55 million (9.6% of the EU population).

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So let’s all work together for a world without food waste!

Join the Bring it Back community!

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Ending food waste for Greece – Interview with the creator of Bring it Back

Dear minions of Sickman, did you know that Greece throws away the largest quantities of food in Europe, while it is ranked as the third worst country in the world?

Oh yes, apparently we can afford to throw away an average of 142 kilograms of food per person.

On the good news now, finally someone is doing something about it! “Bring it Back” was created with the aim to reduce this waste and “kick” Greece out of this negative position. Through the Bring it Back application, stores can make fresh leftover food available to consumers at very affordable prices and, as a result, reduce – or even eliminate – the waste of resources and thus the pollution of the environment. It also creates ecological awareness among consumers and enables them to contribute to the idea, in a profitable way for them as well, by allowing them to buy leftover fresh food at a very special price. The range of choices is wide, from restaurants to bakeries and super markets.

In other words, the Bring it Back app unites food outlets and consumers, with the common goal of reducing food waste and mutual profit. The goal is for the Bring it Back community to keep growing until there is food for all without an environmental footprint, and food waste is zero.

Here on the blog, you know that we greatly appreciate any movement or company that contributes to the community and the environment!

But let one of the four creators of Bring it Back, Christos Kokkoros, tell us better.

  • How did you get the idea to start the company?

The idea actually started in December 2018, when the company I lead here in Berlin started working with the Danish project “Too Good To Go”. My aim in the first year was to bring this amazing idea to Greece, as I saw in practice how it works and how it can benefit a society.

But unfortunately at that time they didn’t want to deal with the Greek market, so I decided to do it on my own or with a group of people.

In the next period I started my postgraduate studies in order to enrich my knowledge in the field of Business Administration, until I met my partners.

  • How ready are we as Greeks to welcome something so innovative?

The truth is that Greece is becoming more and more open to such ideas/projects. Whether it is 100% ready yet we cannot know, but a study we did gave us the impetus to start. We came to the following conclusions:

-The Greek knows about the consequences of wasting goods.

-The Greek wants to change this situation…

-The Greek lacks information on this very sensitive issue and

the actions that can help it to reduce waste.

  • I read that the 2GoodToGo app has helped reduce food waste in northern European countries. Do you think the same can be done here?

I clearly believe it!!!!

After all, we are talking about an investment, otherwise we would be moving on to other projects as an investment group.

That in itself says it all.

  • What is the big obstacle and the big advantage you see for Bring it Back in Greece?

The big obstacle is to understand that this project is clearly addressed to everyone and it’s just the first time that the financial incentive is given at the same time… I think your question is easily answered here!

  • What are you hoping for as Bring it Back in the next two years?

Our goal is to establish ourselves in the Greek territory by the summer of 2023 and from then on to expand abroad with our first stop being Brazil. After all, one of the investors in this project comes from the coffee country.

  • Do you think that humanity has reached a breaking point when it comes to

Estimates show that we are definitely on the brink. Reducing food waste will directly contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, one of the biggest problems facing the future of this planet.

  • What is the message you would like to give to Greek food and catering businesses?

Of course, businesses must make a profit from whatever moves they choose to make. Thanks to Bring it Back, for the first time they are given the opportunity to save money on fresh produce that would be thrown away because it would not be consumed – at best, a minority of businesses give the food that is not consumed to organisations or citizens without any guarantee that it will actually be used. At the same time, through Bring it Back, businesses participate in an extremely important project that comes for the first time in Greece and has a key environmental purpose: not to waste the gift of food from now on.

In other words, businesses have everything to gain from working with us, both economically and socio-environmentally. This is what we want to offer Greek businesses.

Good luck from us, Christos!

Sincerely, Sickman’s Blog.

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A Greek app puts an end to food that is produced but not consumed

“Greece has the highest rates of food waste in Europe and this makes the need to create solutions in our country even more urgent,” explains Christos Kokkoros, initiator of Bring it Back. Let’s see what it is and how it works.

“Bring it Back is a food management app, it manages food that is fresh today, but at the end of the day it will not be disposed of, so it is withdrawn and thrown away. This contributes to the creation of a vicious cycle, which results in a negative impact on the environment, increases food waste and increases the global shortage of food, with all that this implies” Christos Kokkoros tells us and continues: “The goal is for the Bring it Back community to keep growing until there is food for everyone without an environmental footprint.”

– How does it work?

So through Bring it Back we give the products a second chance to be bought by the consumer at a preferential price, with the common goal of mutual profit for both the store, through the reduction of the food cost, and for the consumer through the preferential purchase price. What we end up doing is creating a virtuous circle that helps reduce food waste and protect environmental resources.

– Why is it important that we all understand the need for zero waste?

Environmental pollution from food that is produced but not consumed has increased alarmingly. Greece has the highest rates of food waste in Europe and this makes the need to create solutions in our country even more urgent. Bring it Back was created to reduce this waste and move Greece out of this negative position. In this way, it creates ecological awareness among consumers and enables them to contribute to the idea in a profitable way for them as well, by allowing them to buy the leftover fresh food at a very special price. The range of choices is wide, from restaurants, cafes to bakeries, super markets and hotels.

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“The interaction has two pillars, the consumer and the store,” says Christos Kokkoros.

– How has the world embraced it?

Already the response of consumers and shops is great, realizing the magnitude of the problem and the usefulness of the project.
The interaction has two pillars, the consumer and the store, by creating the Bring it Back app, our community connects restaurants with consumers.
Consumers can find the Bring it Back app available in stores (Play – App) for use on any mobile device. Once installed, he can choose the type of store, the time he wants to buy the bag of products he wants from his favorite – nearest store and a pleasant surprise awaits him when he goes to pick it up, as the magic box (bag) will show him what is different inside each time.

– How much does technology help in the end?

A greater response is observed in younger age groups, due to the ease of use of technology and familiarity with it, along with active participation in social media, which are a modern source of knowledge, learning and reflection. But even older people are now using technology as an integral part of everyday life. The daily friction and the ability to provide real-time news reinforces activation on every issue related to society, the environment and the waste of the Earth’s resources.

-Let’s say I have a bakery and I want to join BringitBack. What should I do?

The shop, if someone from the Bring it Back team has not already visited it, can be contacted through our official website via the site as well as on our official social pages, expressing his interest and our company’s sales team will immediately visit him. Booking an appointment is very easy, within 15 minutes you will be part of the Bring it Back community. By activating their account, we enhance their image through the app with a description of the store and photos that we choose together! The management is very simple and with a little updating, even someone who has nothing to do with technology can use it via their smart phone, tablet or computer!

-Do you feel that something is changing in people’s perception of this issue?

Surely, because people today are aware of the burden on the environment and the waste of the Earth’s resources, they feel responsible to help in any way they consider useful! In addition, more and more businesses, particularly in the food and catering sector, are highlighting the problem and trying to reduce or even eliminate their environmental footprint.

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Do you own a Business? The advantages of not throwing away your food

Even if we are bombarded on daily basis with information about climate crisis, the fact that our planet is at risk of pollution and wasting energy resources, and an acute food crisis, we still fail to understand that every year a third of the world’s food production ends up in the trash. From any point of view: economic (we are talking about losses of $680 billion per year), moral (millions of people are not only undernourished but starving), Environmental (along with food, all the natural resources consumed in its production are lost) the situation is out of control.

A large part of the change can be brought by businesses themselves, especially those in the food supply chain. They can do a lot to change these numbers, while benefiting themselves.

How exactly can a business benefit from shifting to an operating model that reduces – and ideally eliminates – Food Waste? Beyond our collective interest in protecting the planet, there are plenty of self-interested reasons for adopting such good practices, especially when we can demonstrate that we are implementing them

How exactly can a business benefit from shifting to an operating model that reduces – and ideally eliminates – Food Waste? Beyond our collective interest in protecting the planet, there are plenty of self-interested reasons for adopting such good practices, especially when we can demonstrate that we are implementing them

Reducing operating costs

In many cases, businesses are finding that they can get very close to achieving their goal through streamlining their orders. If much of your supplies end up in the wastebasket, chances are you can reduce the volume of some or the goods you buy.

Fresh ideas

The adoption of a mobile application that reduces Food Waste, can bring whole-fresh ideas for utilizing of food that you’ve been throwing away without a second thought. There are many well-known and award-winning restaurants around the world that choose to use corresponding ideas.

We reintroduce ourselves to customers

A considerable proportion of consumers now, seem to be quite aware of the Environmental crisis, while at the same time seeking to receive services and choose companies that demonstrate social responsibility, especially in matters relating to Environmental protection. Therefore, companies that can demonstrate that they do indeed have a conscientious attitude, have a lot to gain.

In addition to the fact that combating Food Waste to create a more sustainable future and reducing Food Waste by 50%, is part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, it should also be a goal of every business.


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Huge food waste: €88 million tonnes of food goes to landfill every year in the EU

Food waste costs around €143 billion. to the European economy every year and is responsible for 15% of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the supply chain. There is no time to lose, as we have less than 10 years to reverse the current situation. Greece needs to take immediate action and stop showing unjustified inaction.

Food production has emerged as one of the biggest threats to the environment today, contributing among other things to the climate crisis. By 2030, food loss and waste should be reduced by 50%, according to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. But the European Union needs to take significant steps to achieve this, as its progress has so far been slow, according to a joint report by WWF and UK-based WRAP.

It is now imperative that we change the way we produce, distribute and consume food. It is a problem with environmental, economic and social implications. Important habitats are destroyed for food production, putting thousands o At the same time, while 112 million Europeans are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, it is estimated that on average each person in the EU throws away 173 kg of food per year. Recognising the importance of sustainable food production, the UN has designated 29 September as International Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day.

The WWF and WRAP report, entitled “Halving food loss and waste in the EU by 2030”, assesses past and current actions to reduce waste across the supply chain, highlights good practices and calls for immediate implementation of measures in the EU. As highlighted in the study, although changes in the regulatory framework have been made in recent years, they need to be accompanied by further actions to effectively accelerate the reduction of food waste. To this end, the report highlights the following three pillars on which EU Member States should focus:

  • Measuring waste: Measuring food waste is one of the most effective actions to reduce food loss and wastage, as it helps to identify and prioritise the causes of the problem, facilitating the design of interventions and monitoring progress. A European Directive (2018/851) has established the obligation for all Member States to carry out measurements in a consistent and common method, while the first pan-European measurement at national level is planned for 2020.
  • Utilisation of food residues: another very important measure is to provide financial support for research and innovation on the safe and efficient use of food residues for processed food, feed, chemicals or other materials.
  • A stricter regulatory framework: Additional regulation in the form of legislation is recommended to make it mandatory to prevent food waste in specific sectors (e.g. retail or hospitality), to prevent unfair commercial practices leading to waste at farm level or to make waste measurement mandatory for all large food businesses. Indeed, the new EU strategy “From Farm to Plate” is expected to encourage further action in this direction by Member States over the next decade.
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Information graph – Food waste in numbers

Unjustified inaction by Greece

Although Greece has been experiencing an economic and social crisis for years, with a significant number of citizens plagued by food insecurity, the legislative initiatives that the country has undertaken so far to reduce food waste (e.g. the VAT exemption for food donations under Law 4238/2014) are minimal and insufficient. At the same time, Greece does not yet have data on the amount of waste or the qualitative composition of food waste, while the new National Waste Management Plan (NWMP), published in August, makes no mention whatsoever of waste reduction actions. On the contrary, according to the ECHR, it is estimated that Greece will not see a decrease until 2030.

But inaction cannot be an option. In this context, WWF Hellas has proposed to the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MEE) the immediate adoption of the following measures:

  • Goal setting: When transposing the relevant European directive, a specific target for reducing food waste – namely a 50% reduction along the production and supply chain by 2030 – should be set.
  • Measuring and quantifying the amount of waste: Although ELSTAT has included in its planning the preparation of a measurement of waste, care must be taken to ensure its timely implementation by the end of 2020, so that the current situation can be captured on the basis of the significant findings.
  • Introduction of mandatory food waste registration in food handling and marketing businesses.
  • Provide incentives to enhance food donation, through the development of financial instruments and the clarification of criminal liability in the donation process.
  • Immediate development of an action plan to prevent food losses, including sectoral measures. Among other things, it is proposed to carry out research to identify the causes of waste and find solutions, to legislate for simple and common labelling rules to facilitate consumers, to change marketing standards to reduce the amount of ineligible fruit and vegetables for aesthetic reasons, and to promote action on short products so that they can be made available to consumers at lower prices.

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Businesses say no to food waste

Food waste is perhaps one of the biggest problems of our generation, as at least 1/3 of the food produced globally ends up in the trash. But several companies around the world are throwing themselves into the battle to tackle the problem, while inspiring consumers to change their habits and lifestyles…

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Food waste is the common denominator of a lack of respect for nature. Say no to food waste!

The example of Copenhagen

The world’s first food waste supermarket opened in Copenhagen! Within six months of opening, the store received over 40 tons of food destined for the garbage, which in turn was marketed at half the price of fresh produce. After nine months, it became so popular that they had to open a second branch, with consumers choosing it for their daily shopping!

The idea is taking off around the world

The UK’s first food waste supermarket was opened by the Real Junk Food Project in Leeds last year and now more are opening in Sheffield, Bradford, Brighton, Wigan, Northampton, Birmingham, Leicester and London.

Founder Adam Smith started with pay-as-you-feel cafes, cooking food destined for the bin for customers who could pay whatever amount they wanted for a meal made entirely from ingredients that would otherwise have been thrown away.

Food waste is the common denominator of a lack of respect for nature, for society, for the people who produce the food, for the animals, but also a lack of respect for our time and money! Every citizen has the power to contribute to solving the problem, either by changing their consumption habits or by promoting smart business ideas with a significant social impact.


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Reducing food loss and waste

The need to reduce food loss and waste is a global problem. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), about one third of all food produced around the world is lost or wasted in the journey from farm to fork. In the EU, annual food loss or waste is estimated at around 87.6 million tonnes.

Losses and waste exacerbate food insecurity, malnutrition and water consumption, while world hunger is increasing. Inefficiencies in the food supply and consumption chain also have serious environmental impacts. Reducing food loss and waste helps fight hunger and climate change.

The EU and its Member States are committed, through the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to halve per capita food waste at retail and consumer level by 2030 and to reduce food losses throughout production and supply chains.

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Factsheet – Food loss and waste: prevention, reuse and recycling

What is the difference?

Food loss: occurs before food reaches the consumer (due to deficiencies in the food production and processing stage)

Food waste: occurs after food reaches the consumer (due to inadequacies at the consumption stage)

How the EU tackles food loss and waste

The EU and its Member States are taking concrete measures to prevent food loss and waste. Only when this is not possible do they suggest reusing, recycling or using the food for other purposes. The guiding principles are enshrined in the EU Waste Directive, which calls on Member States and citizens to:

  • reduce food waste generation from primary production to distribution
  • reduce food waste in households
  • encourage the donation of food
  • monitor and evaluate the implementation of their measures to prevent food waste

Other measures aimed at reducing food loss and waste could include reprocessing into non-food products such as animal feed, composting and others.

In the Council

In 2016, the Council made a political commitment to a number of initiatives such as improving the monitoring of food waste, raising awareness, improving understanding and use of the expiry date (including among consumers) and facilitating the donation of unsold food to charities.

In 2018, the Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries made a first assessment of the progress made in implementing their political commitments. In this assessment, they summarised the measures taken at national level such as the extension of the list of foods exempted from ‘best before‘ labelling, the amendment of national legislation establishing waste classification rules, date labelling and donation rules.

European Green Deal

The Commission gave new impetus to tackling the issue of food loss and waste when it presented the European Green Deal in December 2019. The EU’s commitment to halve per capita food waste at retail and consumer level by 2030 will take shape in the policies and instruments set out in the new action plan for the circular economy, the farm-to-plate strategy and the biodiversity strategy, all published in 2020.


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The global problem of food waste and the case of Greece

According to a recent WWF study, it is estimated that almost 40% of food produced worldwide is thrown away every year. In practice, some 2.5 billion tonnes of food already produced will never be consumed, and could easily feed millions of people on the planet in need. In Europe, food waste amounts to 88 million tonnes per year and costs the European economy around EUR 143 billion. According to EU Fusions, 12% of food waste in the EU is attributed to food services (restaurants, catering, etc.), while 59% of food waste recorded in food service is edible.

In Greece, with the new law 4819/2021, measures are taken for the first time to reduce food waste. In particular, food wastage should be reduced by 30% by 2030 compared to levels measured in 2022. In this context, among others, catering businesses with a turnover of more than three hundred thousand euros (€300,000), large catering businesses with an annual turnover of more than five hundred thousand euros (€500,000), supermarkets and hotels with more than 100 beds are now obliged to register on a special electronic platform the food waste they produce annually.