New EU project to reduce food waste begins

23rd September 2015

The Institute of Food Research (IFR) is a key partner in the new EU funded multinational research project that will help reduce food waste by 30% by 2025.

Resource Efficient Food and dRink for the Entire Supply cHain (REFRESH) is an EU Horizon 2020 project which runs from 2015 to 2019, involving partners across the EU, as well as in China.

Professor Keith Waldron, Director of the IFR Biorefinery Centre, will be leading work aimed at identifying key waste streams across the EU, and finding ways of adding value to them by turning them into other products.  The work will evaluate technological feasibility, economic viability, legislative compliance and environmental sustainability through four European pilot countries as well as in China.

Paul Finglas, Head of the Food Databanks National Capability, will be developing a pan-European database to evaluate the composition of food waste components for nutrients, bioactives, allergens, enzymes and microbiological safety, in collaboration with Professor József Baranyi.

The work also involves innovative approaches to getting value from food waste by deriving fuels and chemicals from putrescible food waste, producing new fibre-rich food ingredients from food processing co-products, and creating new animal feed products.

“With 100 million tonnes of food waste each year, it’s imperative that we take an EU-wide, comprehensive approach to reducing avoidable waste, and finding better uses for what can’t be avoided” said Professor Waldron.

“One of the key societal challenges in Horizon 2020 is sustainable food consumption with reduced waste, which this new project addresses” commented Paul Finglas.

The full press release announcing the launch of the REFRESH Project is available online at


IFR Contact:

Keith Waldron or Paul Finglas

Institute of Food Research

Norwich Research Park, Norwich, UK. NR4 7UA 

Phone – +44 1603 255000


Coordinator contact:
Toine Timmermans – Coordinator REFRESH & Program manager sustainable food chains
Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research Phone +31 317 481524

Dissemination partner contact:
Stephanie Wunder – Ecologic Institute

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Related Targets

Targeting food composition

Food Composition

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fruit and vegetables

Paul Finglas