The winners of 2018

The Food Waste Awards were awarded for the second time on Tuesday the 20th of March in Brussels. The awards reward the best ideas to fight food waste in the following categories: health care, food companies, food waste changemakers, local governments and horeca, catering and events. An overview of the winners: 

As the most remarkable food company, Delhaize De Leeuw won with their commitment to redistribute unsold products to local associations. In 2017, they saved 2,635 tons of food from the waste mountain.

Opschepper, the best food waste changemaker, is an initiative from students of the University of Antwerp. With their boxes of food made out of food surpluses, they bring students and people over 65, usually lonely eaters, together for a cozy and ecologically responsible meal.

Ikea Food Belgium was awarded the best caterer. In a year, Ikea reduced their food loss by 41% in Belgium, which is equivalent to 99 tons of food and 427 tons of CO2. For the health care category, the residential care center Sint-Elisabeth was the chosen winner. Through measurements and choice menus for their residents, they have reduced the daily food loss by an average of 10%.

Foodsavers Ghent got the price for local governments with a distribution platform for food surpluses. These are redistributed to financially vulnerable people through numerous Ghent social organisations.

In the end, Bubble & Squeak was elected best European changemaker. Children from Old Oak Primary School in the United Kingdom manage their own stand at the school gate where they redistribute about 40 kilos of food surplus to their parents every week.

During the award ceremony, the live audience could choose out of the winners the Ultimate Food Waste Hero. The European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis was allowed to award this price to the students of Opschepper. With a victory of 51% of the votes, Laurens of Opschepper promised to take things a step further in the future.


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Photo’s: Lotte Hendrickx



The Food Waste Market is a fun, quirky event for the grand public. The aim is to raise awareness on food waste in a positive, inspiring manner. By demonstrating hopeful alternatives in a creative, international format, we hope to board everyone on a fast flight towards a food wasteless future.

WHEN?     March 20th, 2018 between 5 and 6.30 pm.

WHERE?  Herman Teirlinckgebouw, Havenlaan 88, 1000 Brussel

The Food Waste Market is part of an entire evening revolving around food waste. 
You can find the rest of the program below:

17h-18h30: The Food Waste Market (multilingual)
The Food Waste Market is a market for all the curious that want to taste, smell, see, ... innovations around food waste. Be inspired by entrepreneurs that invent clever solutions for food that otherwise gets lost! This part of the evening is mostly in English.
18h30-20h: The Food Waste Awards Ceremony (Dutch)

The Food Waste Awards are the annual cherries on top of the cake of food waste entrepreneurs! During the ceremony we celebrate the best initiatives and the audience votes for the Ultimate Food Waste Hero. This part of the evening is mostly in Dutch, although the Euro Commissioner for health and food safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, will speech in English.

20h-21h: Networking drink & diner (multilingual)

After the ceremony we alleviate our thirst and hunger with award winning food waste catering! 
This is a great opportunity to network within the food waste sector.
Caution! Participation is free, but if you don't show up we have to bill you a no-show fee of 15 euros for the provided catering. Another reason to be there 🙂

Be our guest!

As a visitor, you are welcome for a stroll to taste, see, feel and experience what food waste is all about! You can also register for the Food Waste Awards ceremony and the networking drink and diner taking place afterwards.

Register your market stand!

As a food waste innovator, you can apply for your own market stand!

The Food Waste Awards 2018

De Food Waste Awards are due for their second edition.
FoodWIN is scanning the foodscape for groundbreaking projects around food waste,
meriting a spotlight for their shift in the waste-less direction.  
The Food Waste Awards will be held on the 20th of March 2018, right after the Food Waste Market.
This year, the category of food waste changemakers is opened up to European candidates.


Call for projects

Are you part of a company, a one-man-operation, a social innovator or citizen initiative in which the reduction of food waste is part of the mission or the core business? Then you can register your project before the 20th of February to have a chance at winning a Food Waste Award.

Jury selection

An independent jury will select the finalists for the Food Waste Awards. 

Public vote

From the 2nd until the 16th of March, the public can vote a winner for each category through an online voting system. 

Award ceremony

The award ceremony will take place on the 20th of March, where the winners will be announced and 1 Ultimate Food Waste Hero is chosen.

Why take part?

As a candidate of the Food Waste Awards you can acquire a stand at the Food Waste Market for free! This is a unique opportunity to bring your food waste project to the grand public in an interactive manner. 

To create visibility for your efforts to reduce food waste.
Just like last year, the online public vote and the award ceremony will receive much attention.  

To have your efforts to find solutions for societal problems evaluated by a renown jury and the grand public. 

To share good practices through a community of organisations and individuals also working around food waste. 

The Food Waste Awards are organised by the following partners:


Food Waste Innovation Network reduces food waste through inspiring and supporting citizens, entrepreneurs, governments and food companies in their battle against food waste.


The OVAM strives with you for sustainable waste and material management system and a clean soil in Flanders.

The Food Waste Awards are supported by