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Great Taste, Zero Waste

Let’s start a new era of culinary, where food waste is minimized, and taste maximized. Prevent the accumulation of surplus, waste less, save money and find new resources for great taste with Great Taste - Zero Waste Manifesto!

There is no time to WASTE!

It is estimated that around a third of the world’s food is lost or wasted every year. This is equivalent to about 1.3 billion tonnes of food, 10% of the world's CO2 emissions and 2.6 trillion dollars per year! (FAO, 2019). It's a colossal waste of resources - from the water and energy used to transport, and storage, to the land and labour required to grow crops and raise livestock. At present even up to 26% of all food wasted yearly comes from the food service sector (UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2021).

But here's the good news: being a part of the problem means you can become a part of the solution!

What is the GTZW Manifesto?

The Great Taste – Zero Waste Manifesto is a free guide on how to prevent and reduce food waste. It was designed to help you upgrade your professional practice and business. The potential of today’s waste is still untapped. It is high time we put our resources to work, to build value and create… great taste!

Even small, first steps matter! May reducing food waste become a habit of gastronomy professionals, so that they contribute to a more sustainable food system.

May the food be with you and not with the trash!

Let's join forces to tackle food waste across all types of professional kitchens! Whether you're just starting out or ready to take your sustainability efforts to the next level, our Manifesto has got you covered. Even the first, small steps counts! You have the power to make a difference that is greater than just about saving money, it's about taking the direction towards rethinking and reusing resources and creating profitable, valuable businesses in the food sector.

Great - Taste Zero Waste Manifesto Guidelines

Let's start a new era of gastronomy! Check out guidelines and practical tips coming from experts and gastronomy that you can apply to your business or professional practice in HoReCa.

Launch of the Manifesto

The official launch and presentation of the Manifesto took place in April 2023 at the final public event in Riga & online.

  • Discussion panel with experts and local #HoReCa representatives from the Baltic Sea region,
  • interactive surveys,
  • presentations providing ready-to-use tips and practical advice,
  • all about taking the direction towards rethinking and reusing resources and creating profitable, valuable business in the food sector!

Now it is all available for you! Watch the recording HERE.

Overview of the project

Inspired by the success of the ‘Nordic Kitchen Manifesto’, a ‘Great Taste – Zero Waste’ Baltic Sea Region Manifesto was developed to help ensure that chefs and kitchen professionals in the region have access to the right knowledge and become motivated to work with food more sustainably, with less waste.

The project was co-developed by The Danish Cultural Institute in Baltics, EIT Food working closely with food waste professionals and other HoReCa representatives on the topic of food waste and sustainability, in cooperation with The Embassy of Denmark in Latvia, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Riga and Embassy of Sweden in Riga and supported by Nordic Council of Ministers.

Project Partners:

-The Danish Embassy in Latvia,

-The Danish Cultural Institute in Baltics,

-The Norwegian Embassy in Latvia,

-The Swedish Embassy in Latvia,

-Nordic Council of Ministers,

-EIT Food.

Project lead

Ewa Rzeszowska EIT Food North & East

Regional Senior Brand, Communications and Event Manager

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