REFRESH: reducing food waste


REFRESH: reducing food waste

REFRESH is a European Research and Innovation Action project, funded by the H20202015 programme (EC No 641933). The overall aim of the REFRESH project is to contribute significantly towards the objective of reducing food waste across the EU by 30% by 2025, and maximizing the value from unavoidable food waste and packaging materials. Developing a Framework for Action model that is based on strategic agreements across all stages of the supply chain to support transformation towards a more sustainable and secure EU food system, benefitting Europes economy, environment and society (H2020 / EC Circular Economy Package).

The aim of Wageningen Food & Biobased Research within REFRESH focuses on enabling action within food and biomass resource systems to bridge the gap between science and impact. Connecting applied research on consumer insights, supply chain management, and valorisation of food and packaging resources, will contribute to sustainable food system changes, and increase our data analysis and modelling expertise and strategic position within strong networks of relevant stakeholders across Europe.

Through REFRESH Frameworks of Action, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research will aim to be the innovation partner for sustainable growth, collaborating with frontrunner, innovative SMEs, industrial and societal partners. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research is the Coordinator of the REFRESH project, and positions the Netherlands as one of the four main Piloting countries within the project.

REFRESH Conference 2019: Fresh ideas to reduce food waste and valorise surplus food

At the final REFRESH conference on 10 May, 2019, we will present the project results and spur future action on EU food waste reduction among business, policy, research, social innovators and civil society. Preceding the conference, on 9 May, 2019, a selection of field trips and events will take place, featuring food waste innovators from business and civil society in the Barcelona area.

Here you can find more information on the conference and project results

Download the simulation tool

This demo shows a simple simulation in action, and demonstrates how minor changes can have big effects on food waste. It also shows how the behaviour of a consumer influences food waste. You can test out scenarios, and choose the solution that is best for your business. Want to know how simulation could help your business avoid waste? Contact our expert.