FOODRUS holds first in-person consortium meeting

Between September 12-14, the FOODRUS consortium met for the planned review meeting and internal project workshop. The three-day meeting took place in Bilbao, Spain – hosted by the project coordinators from the University of Deusto. The meeting was the first time that FOODRUS partners could meet in-person due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the first day, the consortium took part in the first review meeting which was attended by the European Commission and external expert reviewers. The review meeting acts as an opportunity to report on the progress of the project during the first 18 months and as a way to discuss how to further the impact of FOODRUS’ innovative solutions.

On the second day, the consortium held a progress update meeting, with a series of workshops organised to foster collaboration within the consortium partners and determine how to further the progress of the project. This included a discussion, organised by ACR+, on the progress of the associated regions, who are currently implementing some of the solutions from the FOODRUS project.

The final day of the meeting saw partners discuss a number of solutions to be developed within the FOODRUS project that will ultimately feed into the FOODRUS Suite – an online dashboard that users can access in order to monitor the impact of the initiatives targeted to reduce food waste and losses.

FOODRUS coordinator Dr. Ainhoa ​​Alonso (University of Deusto) believes that the proposed solutions will enable the training and involvement of all the actors in the local food system from the countryside to final consumers, as well as the public administration, waste managers, SMEs and financial organisations.

“The FOODRUS solutions will create a sense of community and alliance between actors to help address the challenge of food loss and waste”, she added.

FOODRUS is a European project made up of 29 partners from 10 different EU countries and from different types of organisations, including companies, academic and research institutions.

For more information on the FOODRUS project, please see here.

Zero Waste Brunch takes place in Bratislava

On the 4th of September, FOODRUS partner Free Food organised a zero waste brunch in Bratislava.

The event, which ran from 10:00 until 15:00, was organised for the general public with the goal to raise awareness about food waste and present new ideas on how the public can waste less food.

The meals were prepared by a ‘zero waste’ chef and there was also a food waste related quiz. Later in the day there was a workshop to show the members of the public how to make beeswax wraps and a brief lecture by Petra Slezakova from Zero Waste Slovakia.

   

The event ended with a discussion featuring Lucia Balakova from “Living Garden” (a local social enterprise) about how kitchen waste can play a role in improving the quality of composting soil.

The success of the zero waste brunch was not just visible from the positive reaction from the attendees but also in the sustainable way in which the event was organised. Just some of the sustainable achievements from the event:

  • All surplus food was donated to two charities
  • Beverages were served in special bioplastic glasses (called nonoilen)
  • All remaining waste was biodegradable and so ended up in a composting plant nearby

Click here to read more about the event and its success.

Click here for more information about the activities of the FOODRUS Slovakian pilot (in Slovak).