ALDI Süd, Lidl, Edeka, Netto, Norma, Biocompany and More Join the Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste

The Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste is building a solid ground for joint efforts in reducing food waste in retail and wholesale. The official signatories include major retailers such as ALDI Süd, Lidl, Edeka, Netto, Norma, Transgourmet, Biocompany and more, implying great potential for more positive impact.

The Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail (HandelsforumRVL) aims to achieve more precise measurements of food waste in the German wholesale and retail sector as well as a binding target agreement for this sector. In addition, the Dialogue Forum supports the implementation of innovative projects for food waste reduction.

So far, 16 wholesale and retail companies have officially underlined their joint commitment in reducing food waste by signing the declaration of participation to the Dialogue Forum. The Dialogue Forum is open and looks forward to welcoming new members.

Nora Brüggemann, project coordinator and moderator of the information exchange welcomes the current milestone and adds, “In the first few months of the joint exchange, we have been able to promote the co-design process with great success. With their commitment to contribute and test waste data collection processes, the signatories can directly support the new food waste reporting commitments towards the EU.”

Brüggemann also notes that, “Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the companies have agreed in intensifying the development and implementation of additional measures for further food waste reduction in and at the interfaces to the retail sector”.

On 23 June 2020, the Dialogue Forum held an online meeting to discuss ideas about tackling food waste as well as further reduction measures (earlier inspirations were collected with the help of 10 video pitches).

The dialogue forum is carried out by the CSCP in collaboration with the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut. The project is supported by funds of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) based on a decision of the parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany via the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) under the Federal Program for Ecological Farming and Other Forms of Sustainable Agriculture.

Current members of the Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail are:

  • Alnatura
  • CHEFS CULINAR West GmbH & Co. KG, Niederlassung Wöllstein
  • Edeka
  • HelloFresh Deutschland
  • Lidl
  • Netto
  • METRO Deutschland
  • Querfeld
  • REWE
  • tegut… gute Lebensmittel
  • Transgourmet Deutschland

For further information, please contact Nora Brüggemann.